The Lebanon Square has been officially placed on the National Register of Historic Places. Our Application Process started over two years ago, August 15, 2014.
What is the National Register of Historic Places? The National Park Service administers the National Register of Historic Places. The National Register is the official Federal list of districts, sites, buildings, structures, and objects significant in American history, architecture, archaeology, engineering, and culture. National Register properties have significance to the history of their community, state, or the nation. Nominations for listing historic properties come from State Historic Preservation Officers, from Federal Preservation Officers for properties owned or controlled by the United States Government, and from Tribal Historic Preservation Officers for properties on Tribal lands. Private individuals and organizations, local governments, and American Indian tribes often initiate this process and prepare the necessary documentation. A professional review board in each state considers each property proposed for listing and makes a recommendation on its eligibility.
· What are the restrictions, rules, regulations for historic property owners? From the Federal perspective (the National Register of Historic Places is part of the National Park Service), a property owner can do whatever they want with their property as long as there are no Federal monies attached to the property. However, before this occurs, the property owner should contact the planning and zoning administration. There are local preservation guidelines that apply to any structure in the overall district. When a property owner decides to renovate or preserve their building in such a way that meets the national guidelines, Owners of properties listed in the National Register may be eligible for a 20% investment tax credit for the certified rehabilitation of income-producing certified historic structures such as commercial, industrial, or rental residential buildings.