As the rezoning request of the Amherst Street corridor last week highlighted, Winchester’s local historic district and National Register district currently have different boundaries. What does this mean for property owners? Currently, the Amherst corridor has the regulation of the local Board of Architectural Review, but none of the financial incentives available to other properties that fall within both the local and national districts.
Dave Shore, a Planning Commission member who served on the Historic District committee, said he thought the panel’s intent was to seek expansion of the national district to mirror the local district.
That would provide economic incentives for property owners to improve buildings currently subject to BAR governance but without the fiscal advantages of being in the national district.
The hope is that the incongruities noted in the survey will drive the redrawing of the city’s historic district, potentially contracting the district from “non-contributing” resources and expanding to include contributing resources currently ineligible for tax benefits.
To read more about the potential boundary changes from the architectural and cultural resource survey, visit Vic Bradshaw’s article at The Winchester Star Online. (Login required.)
Proposed plans to remove the Historic District overlay from several properties along the Amherst Street corridor were not recommended to move forward at yesterday’s Planning Commission meeting.
As Vic Bradshaw reported,
. . . Chairman Nate Adams objected to removing the property from the local historic district specifically to advance a project. He said other businesses have obtained BAR approval to build in the district, and he was concerned that others might expect similar consideration in the future.
‘I’m not sure why we should carve out an exception here,’ said Adams.
Read the full article at The Winchester Star online (login required).
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The Patsy Cline event “A Crazy Affair…” is schedule for March 12, 7-11 PM at the Best Western Lee-Jackson Conference Center in Winchester, Virginia. The event features tributes to Patsy, music by Souled Out, dancing, great food, live and silent auction, 50/50 raffle ($5 per ticket), door prizes, and meet and greet Wendy Pepper from “Project Runway.” Proceeds from the event will help fund the restoration of Patsy Cline’s home on South Kent Street.
Tickets are $20 each and can be purchased at the Winchester Visitor’s Center, the hotel desk at the Lee-Jackson, or by calling 540-454-3728 or 888-608-2726. Click here for the brochure.
Charles Broadway Rouss Day will be celebrated this year on February 13. In the case of inclement weather, the events will be rescheduled for February 20.
The PHW Office will be closed today due to inclement weather. The Revolving Fund property reviews will also carry over to next week, although the majority are completed.