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The Historic Preservation Division of the Department of Housing and Economic Development is preparing a nomination of Chicago’s historic West Loop to the National Register of Historic Places. This proposed National Register historic district (containing approximately 70 properties) is centered on La Salle Street between the Chicago River and Van Buren Street and includes properties as far east as Dearborn St. and as far west as Franklin St. (A map and list of buildings in the proposed historic district with “contributing / non-contributing” information can be found here.)
An informational meeting on the proposed West Loop-La Salle Street Historic District nomination, the National Register process, and available rehabilitation incentives has been scheduled for Tuesday, April 24, 2012, at 9:30 a.m. It will be held in the assembly hall (food court level) of the James R. Thompson Center (State of Illinois Building), 100 W. Randolph St., Chicago, Illinois.
Why is the City preparing a National Register nomination for the West Loop-La Salle Street Historic District?
The purpose of the nomination is to recognize the historic significance and importance of the West Loop’s historic buildings, as well as to qualify them for historic rehabilitation incentives.
What restrictions are placed on buildings in National Register districts? Will I have to get government permission to make changes to a building within the proposed historic district?
National Register listing is primarily honorary. Unlike Chicago Landmark designation, it does NOT place any additional requirements or restrictions on private property owners. It does NOT involve any kind of mandatory building permit review by the City of Chicago. National Register listing would, however, encourage preservation through available preservation incentives and enhance public awareness of the West Loop’s historic significance.
What rehabilitation incentives are available for a building within the proposed historic district?
National Register listing would qualify historic (termed “contributing”) buildings in the proposed district for various rehabilitation incentives, should eligible property owners elect to participate in those programs—principally the 20% Federal rehabilitation tax credit program for commercial, industrial and rental residential properties.
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Information on the National Register of Historic Places - Illinois Historic Preservation Agency Website
Information on preservation and rehabilitation incentives - Illinois Historic Preservation Agency Website