Peoria Public Radio News
7:04 am
Thu February 13, 2014

Peoria wants the Warehouse District on the National Register of Historic Places

The City of Peoria is aiming to have the Warehouse District on the National Register of Historic Places. The boundaries of Peoria’s proposed National Registry District would overlay the existing enterprise and redevelopment zones. It would also provide state and federal historic tax credits to certain buildings in the part of Peoria rich with Century-old Warehouses. The historic tax credits would be available for buildings appropriately adapted for various public purposes.

Preservation Planner Phil Thomason is the consultant who made the city’s application. He says the Cordage and International Harvester Buildings in the warehouse district are already on the on the National Register of Historic Places. 

“But the district approach is just very cost effective. It’s very economical for the property owners. I mean those guys paid for their nominations to be prepared and the city is paying for this one. So as a property owner I am just ‘ok I’m going to be in the national registry district and it’s up to me whether I am going to take advantage of the options that are out there for the tax credits,’” says Thomason. 

Thomason says he thinks the National Registry designation could happen with in the year.