council votes to create historical district
By Taylor Scott
February 10, 2006 | PROVIDENCE -- The City Council
approved the creation of a historic district, allowing
the Providence City Historic Preservation Commission
to apply for a grant to be used for the nomination,
and authorizing a Request for Proposal and ask a consultant
complete the nomination for the National Register.
On July 29, 2005, Wilson Martin, with the State Historic
Preservation Office, visited Providence following up
on a reconnaissance survey. At the conclusion of his
results on the survey Martin persuaded the Providence
City Council to make a nomination to the National Historic
Register requesting to create a historic downtown district.
Following the July 2005 meeting the issue of the historic
district remained on the docket of city council meetings
for several months. Not until the Jan. 24 meeting did
a resolution in favor of the historic district come.
However, residents of Providence said they were nervous
about being part of such a district because it would
restrict what they can do with their homes. And, in
response to resident's concerns Martin said homeowners
could even demolish their homes with no consequences.
"If the homes are in the historic districts they are
eligible for tax credits," said Martin about the concerns
of Providence citizens.
Skarlet Bankhead, city administrator, said the city
hopes to get out information to homeowners in the prospective
district so residents know what is involved and how
it will help them.
The Providence City Historic Preservation Commission
will apply for a grant and a consultant will complete
the nomination for the National Register.