Sites move into history

Sunday, November 16, 2003 | 12:00 a.m. CST; updated 1:25 p.m. CDT, Saturday, July 19, 2008

A group of buildings along North Ninth Street and several downtown properties are one step closer to being placed on the National Register of Historic Places.

The Missouri Advisory Council on Historic Preservation and the State Historic Preservation Office reviewed and approved the nominations on Friday. Debbie Sheals, a local preservationist, spent several months preparing some of the nominations and documenting the history of downtown Columbia.

The approved nominations for Columbia will be forwarded on to Washington. The National Park Service, which reviews the applications at the federal level, has 45 days to accept or reject the nominations.

Owners of the buildings placed on the register can apply for state and federal tax credits to restore their buildings. Several businesses in downtown Columbia have used the credits in the past to preserve their properties.

“The historic preservation tax credit system is one the best economic development tools we’ve got for areas like ours,” said Carrie Gartner, executive of the Downtown Columbia Associations. “We’re very excited.”

Buildings on the register must be at least 50 years old and reflect the era in which they were constructed. Missouri has more than 1,560 listings on the register, including buildings, sites, structures and objects.

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