New Lincoln Historic District approved for downtown
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The October meeting of the
Lincoln Historic Preservation Commission on Thursday evening offered
some very good news. After April Doolin gaveled the meeting to order
in Lincoln City Council chambers, Tina Warfel of Prairie Engineers
reported the latest numbers in the push to create a historic
district for downtown Lincoln.
the 118 properties being considered for the historic district, the
owners of 67 properties said "yes." This represented 57 percent of
the properties. Since this exceeds the 51
percent necessary to create the district, the downtown Lincoln
Historic District has been approved.
The next step is a public meeting to present the district to the
community and answer questions concerning it. The public meeting has
been scheduled for Nov. 19 at 6:30 p.m. in the upstairs council
chambers at Lincoln City Hall.
Monthly meeting nights to change
Because of scheduling conflicts for some Historic Preservation
Commission members, beginning in November the official monthly
meeting will change to the third Tuesday of every month at 6 p.m.
On Nov. 19, the commission will meet from 6 until 6:30 p.m., and
the public meeting will start at 6:30.
In other business, the commission continues to research a plaque
or medallion that can be affixed to historic buildings to denote the
building as a part of the Lincoln Historic District. The commission
has expressed the desire that the plaques be unique in shape, unlike
any other historic sign in Lincoln, and that they have a reasonable
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A brochure will also be created to detail how the district is
formed and to allay any concerns that the commission will be an
overreaching government entity, as seems to be the case in New
England historic districts. The Lincoln commission will not have any
say on interior renovations of historic buildings, nor will it
restrict the use of modern, energy-saving windows and doors.
It was mentioned that Chicago has numerous historic districts,
and it seems to be universally acknowledged that the historic
districts enhance property values.
A new feature instituted by Doolin for the commission meetings
will be time set aside for public participation.