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Two U.P. downtowns gain historic designation

Governor Whitmer recently announced that the downtown commercial districts of three Michigan communities have been given a historic designation and added to the National Register of Historic Places, including Ishpeming and Negaunee. The three communities together encompass 135 buildings and structures, of which 100 are considered to contribute to the historic character.

“Many benefits come with listing a community’s historic commercial core in the national register. Chief among them is access to historic preservation tax credits, which can be applied to reduce the long-term costs of rehabbing historic buildings,” said Michigan’s State Historic Preservation Office Mark Rodman. “Listing also becomes a point of pride for residents, and can be a driver for economic activity and growing heritage tourism.” Read more here.

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