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September 12, 2010

Work toward Local Historic District progresses

“It is progressing, although it’s taken a little longer than we first anticipated.”

That was the word from Christy Trammell, executive director of the Three Rivers Downtown Development Authority (DDA), as she reported on the process aimed at establishing a Local Historic District in Three Rivers.

Trammell provided an update on the topic during the September meeting of the DDA Board of Directors Friday morning (September 10th).  She noted that the process formally began the first part of February with action by the Three Rivers City Commission to establish and appoint a Local Historic District Study Committee.  Since then, the committee has been through what Trammell called “a very long, laborious task” to gather information about buildings in the community’s downtown area.  She said, “We had a great committee that worked on that” and indicated that the group’s preliminary report was submitted to the state on August 23rd.

Trammell said the committee worked with Amy Arnold of the State Historic Preservation Office (SHPO).  She said that Arnold, who works on local historic districts in SHPO’s Designation Section, reviewed the report first and it has now gone to her committee for review this month.  Trammell said, “It will be back to us locally to revise or bring it before the city” during a public hearing.

Trammell noted that Curt Penny, chairman of the Three Rivers Planning Commission, has chaired the Local Historic District Study Committee and “did a fantastic job with that.”  She said, “Thank you, certainly, to all who contributed to this.  It’s not over, but it’s progressing.”

In addition to Penny, the Local Historic District Study Committee includes Trammell, Judy Gilchrist, Larry-Michael Hackenberg, Doug Mitchell, Danielle Moreland and Jerry Wright.

For additional information about the process to establish a Local Historic District, click here.


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