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Funkstown gets nomination for National Register

March 28, 2000

The Funkstown Historic District, which contains about 200 buildings, was nominated Tuesday for the National Register of Historic Places.

The Washington County Commissioners voted unanimously to make the nomination on the recommendation of the Washington County Historic District Commission member and Funkstown Mayor Robert L. Kline.

The nomination next goes to the governor's office, said Stephen T. Goodrich, Washington County Planning Department senior planner.

The register is the nation's list of cultural resources worthy of preservation, he said.

Nobody spoke for or against the designation during Tuesday's meeting.

The vote was 4-0. Commissioners President Gregory I. Snook was absent from the meeting.

The district qualifies for the register because of its association with historical events, particularly industrial development, transportation and military history, Goodrich said.

It also qualifies because it has 200 structures representing different architectural styles.

A successful listing makes a property owner eligible to apply for certain federal tax benefits and assistance.

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It does not block the property from demolition or renovation, Goodrich said.

- Scott Butki

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