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September 24, 2013

Expansion of National Register district sought in New Albany

Thursday meeting to detail expansion of East Spring Street National Register district

NEW ALBANY — As a way to further highlight New Albany’s historic property stock, preservationists are pushing to expand one National Register of Historic Places district.

The East Spring Street National Register district was listed in 2002, and a public meeting has been slated to provide information about expanding the district.

Unlike preservation districts, National Register designation doesn’t require property owners to adhere to certain guidelines for exterior repairs to their buildings.

“It’s an honorary designation,” said Laura Renwick, administrator for the New Albany Historic Preservation Commission.

The area that would be added into the district roughly includes Elm Street and Vincennes Street. The district already includes Spring Street and the north side of Market Street between East Fifth and East 11th streets.

Along with the prestige that comes from being located in a National Register district, property owners can potentially be eligible for tax credits for qualified rehabilitation projects.

Floyd County and New Albany have several National Register districts including Mansion Row and downtown.

“Right now there are some gaps between the districts, and we’re trying to fill in those gaps,” Renwick said.  

Stephen Pacciano, former president of the New Albany Historic Preservation Commission, said more than 4,000 structures in the city were identified during a 1994 survey as meeting the criteria for inclusion on the National Register.

He said New Albany was one of the first municipalities in the state to form such a registry.

In 2010, Hedden Court and Hedden Park were added to the National Register.

“There are other districts in our aging New Albany inventory worthy of such noble distinction,” Pacciano said. “This is a positive direction we need and should take time to honor.”

The meeting will be held at 6:30 p.m. Thursday in the gymnasium of St. John Presbyterian Church, 1307 E. Elm St.

The nomination will be reviewed at the state level before being sent to the National Parks Service for consideration.

Property owners and people residing within the proposed expansion area are especially asked to attend the public information session.

For more information, email Renwick at

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