National Register status eyed for Funkstown

March 28, 2000|By SCOTT BUTKI

The Funkstown Historic District may be nominated today for inclusion on the National Register of Historic Places, a designation that would make it eligible for tax benefits.

The move makes sense since most homes in the district are historical, said Funkstown Mayor Robert L. Kline, who requested the designation. The Washington County Historic District Commission is recommending approval.

The historic district would include about 200 buildings and much of the town, Stephen T. Goodrich, Washington County Planning Department senior planner, said Monday.

While many registry nominations are individual properties, this would not be the first time the county has nominated a group of properties at once, he said.


Acceptance on the list would not prevent property owners from demolishing or renovating properties, Goodrich said.

It does make property owners eligible for certain federal tax benefits and assistance. The designation also would require notification of any federal programs being planned for the area that would affect historical properties, he said.

The Washington County Commissioners are scheduled to vote on the request today. It is on the agenda to be discussed at 1:05 p.m. in the commissioners meeting room at the County Administration Building.

If approved, the nomination would go to the Maryland governor's office, Goodrich said.

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

The property 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, he said.

A successful listing makes an owner eligible to apply for certain federal tax benefits and assistance, he said.

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