Corinth seeks expansion of historic district

CORINTH – More downtown buildings with historical significance for Corinth’s earlier eras are in need of protection and preservation, the Corinth Preservation Commission told the city board recently.
Commission member Van Hedges asked the Board of Aldermen to approve expanding the Downtown Corinth Historic District to include property near the railroads which is the site of commercial buildings, including the Frank Berry manufacturing building.
The board took the recommendation under advisement at its June 3 meeting while the city’s Community Development and Planning Department evaluates the it, said Mayor Jerry Latch.
The recent request follows a similar request presented in October 2008. Hedges said that property owners within historic district boundaries benefit from tax credits available for property renovation projects.
The historic district was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1993. In a 1999 study sponsored by the CREATE Foundation and conducted by the Small Town Center at Mississippi State University, it was noted that “expansion of the local historic districts would help the city of Corinth maintain its treasures for citizens and visitors to the city.”
Contact Lena Mitchell at (662) 287-9822 or lena.mitchell@djournal.com.

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