Updating the Downtown KCK Historical Survey
inSITE planning and Rosin Preservation are working on an update of the 1993 Downtown KCK Historical Survey to identify buildings, structures and sites that may be eligible for the National Register of Historic Places or the KCK Landmarks Registry.
At the most recent meeting of Livable Neighborhoods, Dr. Daniel Serda of inSITE planning provided an interesting explanation of the project, focusing on potential benefits for property owners and Downtown KCK revitalization, including access to historic tax credits and the development of building and facade rehabilitation guidelines that will make Downtown KCK a stronger, more vital place to live, work and play.
Here's some highlights from the presentation:
- Grant provided to the Downtown Shareholders of Kansas City, Kansas by the Kansas Historical Society
- DTSKCK acts as third-party administrator to the Unified Government Planning Department
- Project are include the entire DTSKCK service area
- This project is an update of the original 1993 Historical Survey
- Engage property owners, stakeholders, and the community
- Leverage preservation as a redevelopment tool
- Identify areas and properties that deserve preservation
Outcomes and Benefits
- Individual buildings can be designated as Landmarks, and entire areas can be designated as Historic Districts
- Historic Districts and individual buildings can also be listed on the Kansas and National Registers of Historic Places
- Listing makes reinvestment in those properties eligible for State and Federal Historic Tax Credits. When combined, these can fund up to %45 of eligible rehabilitation expenses