Downtown Beatrice is now listed on the National Register of Historic Places!
Wednesday, August 17, 2016
It is official; Downtown Beatrice is now listed on the National Register of Historic Places!
We are proud to be able to announce that Downtown Beatrice is a nationally recognized historic district and part of the National Register of Historic Places!
What does this mean for Beatrice? Beatrice and specifically the downtown community can now lay claim to the marketing and promotional benefits that come with being listed on the National Register. This can be a helpful tool for local marketing efforts but even more importantly for wider tourism marketing and promotions of Beatrice and the surrounding area.
In addition to the promotional benefits, and perhaps more importantly to Beatrice leaders and downtown stakeholders are the potential economic development resources and benefits that being on the National Register brings. The majority of the downtown Historic District now qualifies for State and Federal Historic Tax Credits that can provide the necessary gap financing for development and improvement projects of many historic building rehabilitations. Those credits are not just limited to visual building aesthetics but can go much deeper and cover a wide range of improvement needs of our older downtown buildings. This is a tool that can help attract potential investors and significant development projects to downtown Beatrice.
It’s truly a win-win for Beatrice!
Beatrice: The downtown area has served the surrounding region with goods and services since 1857. The historic district centers on Court Street (US Hwy 136) and 6th Street (US Hwy 77). The district includes 119 buildings, reflecting the community’s development from 1872 (when the oldest surviving building was constructed) to the early downtown revitalization efforts of the 1960s.