New Albany hopes to expand historic district

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Preservationists in a southern Indiana city are hoping to boost the size of the Ohio River city's historic district to spur development and encourage homeowners to spruce up their old homes.

The New Albany Historic Preservation Commission plans to prepare an application asking a federal agency to significantly expand the East Spring Street National Register district.

If Indiana's Division of Historic Preservation and Archaeology agrees to nominate the expanded district plan, it would forward the application to the National Park Service, which administers the National Register.

The Courier-Journal of Louisville, Ky., reports that the review process can take up to a year.

City officials support the expansion because it would make tax credits available and extend protections for properties against the effects of future state and federal activities.

Information from: The Courier-Journal 

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