Mountain Road Historic District Boundary Expansion Project
January 9, 2015
The Town of Halifax announces a Public Meeting to kick off the Mountain Road Historic District Boundary Expansion and National Register Nomination Update Project to be held at 5:30 pm on Monday, February 9th at Halifax Town Hall, 70 South Main Street. The project, will include the addition of approximately 39 properties to the existing Mountain Road Historic District, which was listed on the Virginia Landmarks Register and National Register of Historic Places in 1983. In addition, information on the properties within the existing district boundary will be updated. The project is made possible by a Cost-Share Grant from the Virginia Department of Historic Resources (DHR). Marc Wagner, Director of the Capital Region Office of DHR will serve as project manager with Hill Studio of Roanoke serving as the consultant. The Halifax County Historical Society will support the project by providing valuable research and documentation of the historic properties in the expanded district. Please plan to attend the meeting on February 9th to learn more about the project and to share information, historic photographs or maps and any other memorabilia you may have that relates to the Mountain Road Historic District. Marc Wagner (DHR) and members of Hill Studio will be present to answer questions and make copies of information you may bring. Your information will be invaluable to the survey project and this is a wonderful opportunity to archive information about the Mountain Road Historic District. When the survey is complete, all information will be available to the public at the Town Offices or the DHR Archives in Richmond.
In addition to assisting with town planning and development, a survey of the historic resources within the existing historic district and the proposed expansion area is the first step to creating an accurate and comprehensive document for updating and expanding the Mountain Road Historic District, which is listed on the Virginia Landmarks Register and the National Register of Historic Places. All property owners within and adjacent to the existing and expanded historic district will be notified of a public hearing to be held in May prior to the consideration of the updated historic district nomination by the Historic Resources Board at its June 2015 quarterly meeting.
Designation on the state or national registers places no restrictions on owners of property within the existing and proposed district expansion area. However listing properties as "contributing" to a district's historic character does enable its owners to seek federal and state tax credits for historic rehabilitations which must conform to specified standards for restoring historic properties.
The Department of Historic Resources also provides administrative support for the cost-share projects in addition to the grants. In 1991 the Department of Historic Resources created the cost share program, which requires matching local funds, to assist localities in meeting a state mandate that they update their comprehensive planning every five years. The funding for the program is determined by the General Assembly each year. Cost-share awards are highly competitive. Last year the Department of Historic Resources received 18 applications and funded 15 grants. Past projects funded by the DHR Cost-Share Grant program include the Town of Halifax Courthouse Historic District and the Halifax County Historic Architectural Survey, which along with other resources, provided important data for the Halifax County Historical Society's upcoming publication, An Architectural History of Halifax County, Virginia.
Details about the Cost Share Program are provided on the website of the Department of Historic Resources at http://www.dhr.virginia.gov/survey/Survey1.htm .