Save Historic Norcross
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Dollar Impact of Designating a Local Historic District
Taking care of what we have makes economic sense when we consider the city's 2030 POND redevelopment plan which includes 10 re-development districts out of an overall total of 12 areas (Only two districts remain intact, the downtown main street and a neighborhood district.) Review these maps and information:
What is the dollar impact of preserving at least our one unique, core historic district and placing its oversight under the Historic Preservation Commission's purview, a council-appointed, specially trained local citizen board? Impressive data is available to us for designating a local historic district, and 104 Georgia cities have followed this path to success. Studies exist now in nearly every state.
The Georgia Study tracks three cities of varying sizes: Tifton, Rome and Athens.
Tifton, Georgia is a railroad town similar in size to Norcross. Tifton used the National Trust's study model to assess the impact of their preservation efforts. Overall, the data supports the designation of historic areas as a means of maintaining economic viability. Interesting to note is construction data gathered from building and electrical permits used to determine activity levels in local designated historic areas as opposed to non-designated areas. The same data was used to calculate economic benefits to the community through jobs created and additional revenues to the local government. Impressive results show locally designated residential neighborhoods contributed:
Another example in the study is in the city of Rome, Georgia. The city was in economic decline until it established local designated districts. The city's future turned around by designating new local districts:
Results in Athens, Georgia were equally impressive. Researchers explored relationships among local and National Register of Historic Places designated districts and non-designated historic areas. Approximately 600 properties sampled from 6 historic districts showed properties in designated districts increased at faster rate than those not designated over a 20 year period since 1976.
Of the groups compared, the combined locally designated areas exhibited the largest increase in value. The growth rate continued in post -assessment studies. Preservation benefits include increased business activity and more jobs. Another plus is less impact on the environment and less strain on infrastructure services.
Altogether, taking care of what we have by designating local districts, is an essential component when planning. Norcross has only national designation. Shouldn't Norcross be moving ahead with the local designating process to preserve the gift of its intact architectural heritage and history to ensure quality of life in neighborhoods and our economic future? Together, we can ensure our town has the best opportunity to survive economically and maintain its charm and character, as we know it.
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