PHW has received word from the Department of Historic Resources that the proposed expanded National Register Historic District (including parts of Amherst Street/West Boscawen Street/South Stewart Street and Pall Mall Street from South Kent Street to South Washington Street) has passed the first hurdle at the state level and has been added to the Virginia Historic Landmarks Register. The application has been forwarded on to the national level, and a determination can be expected in about 45 days.
As noted, these expanded areas that were not previously subject to Board of Architectural Review will remain free of any additional oversight for exterior changes. The listing on the state and national registers only opens the door for state and federal historic tax credit opportunities. This also provides incentives for those properties, like Amherst Street, which were subject to review at the local level but not eligible for the historic tax credits.
Congratulations to the 395 resources recognized as contributing structures in this expanded historic district!