Two downtown businessmen, Lance Rainforth and Michael Jeisy,
attended the first hearing in December with a few questions that
were seemingly answered to their satisfaction. No one from the
public appeared this month.
Six members of the commission were
present. Four voted "yes" — Julie Gerardeau, Ron Keller, Mike Fak and Brian Messner. Abstaining
as property owners were April Doolin, who chairs the commission, and
Bill Vinyard. Ben Rekart was absent.
This is the first preservation district the commission has
proposed. The boundaries would be the same as the current downtown
National Register Historic District; however, this would be a local
designation. The local district would provide similar benefits:
grant opportunities, among other unique distinctions.
A resolution will now be sent to the Lincoln City Council saying
that it is the recommendation of the preservation commission that
properties currently within the boundaries of the downtown Lincoln
National Register Historical District be landmarked by the city as
being in a historic district within its jurisdiction.
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Next, the resolution would need to pass the council, and then
benefits to the district could begin, including the designation
of plaques identifying properties of historical value.
The next meeting of the commission will be its regularly
scheduled monthly meeting on Feb. 18 at 6 p.m. at Lincoln City Hall.
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