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News: College Park National Historic District is looking for support in naming the district to the Tacoma Register of Historic Places  

The local register would help protect the neighborhood from inappropriate infill projects through a design and public review process for major renovation work. The review would be conducted by the Tacoma Landmarks Commission or the City’s Landmarks Preservation Office. A local designation would allow residents a voice in any land use zoning changes within our neighborhood.

A local designation would require a design review process, but this is limited to those changes that require a Building Permit and impacts the exterior appearance of a home on the street side of the residence.  Minor changes would go before the preservation officer for the city as part of the building permit review, major changes would go before the Landmark Commission.

Check your mailbox or front door for a Ballot.  One was posted at each residence in the last two days, please show your support.

posted October 13, 2018

To keep up to date on our progress please send us an email at collegeparkhistoricdistrict@gmail.com, we will add you to the mailing list for future meetings, new letters and other activities on our way to becoming Tacoma’s latest National Historic District and any future efforts for listing on the local register as well.

The National register of Historic Places is the highest level of historic classification but is considered an honorary listing, it has few restriction unless you plan on putting a federal highway through your site.  Listing on the National Register has been shown to bolster the civic pride in ones neighborhood and improve a neighborhoods identity. Its doesn’t hurt monetary value of our homes in fact national it has been shown to increase property values while improving the neighborhood image.  Feel free to contact the Washington State Department of Archeology and Historic Preservation for questions concerning the National Register and the Tacoma Preservation Officer for questions regarding a future listing on the local registry.

Stay tuned for more information.

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