MARCH  20, 2014
 The Preservationist Returns
After a six-year hiatus, the Historic Preservation office is pleased to bring you the new electronic version of The Preservationist newsletter. In the time since we printed and mailed the last issue of the Preservationist in the Fall of 2008 there have been tremendous changes in how people consume information. As a result, this issue marks our first entirely electronic edition of The Preservationist. Please share The Preservationist with others who may be interested and encourage them to sign up so news about Montgomery County's historic preservation program can be delivered directly to their inbox.
Historic tax credits increased to 25%
In the summer of 2013, Montgomery County enacted a bill
increasing the county rehabilitation tax credits to 25 percent, up from 10 percent. This is a huge incentive, and benefit, for owners of historic properties. If you own historic property in Montgomery County and performed work on its exterior during 2013, apply for the tax credit by April 1, 2014.

Tax credits are a powerful incentive for property owners to invest in their historic properties. Investment in historic resources is beneficial for local economies.  Historic preservation creates jobs, circulates money in the local economy, and expands the county's tax base.  We hope that more people will take advantage of the 25 percent credit by investing in their historic properties, thereby strengthening Montgomery County's economy.
Historic Preservation Research and Designation Coordinator Clare Kelly and Montgomery Modern initiative to receive preservation award
Montgomery Preservation Inc., the county's non-profit historic preservation organization, is presenting its annual awards at a ceremony on March 28.  Clare Kelly, who has served on the historic preservation staff for more than two decades, is to receive the Montgomery Prize, MPI's highest honor.  MPI is also recognizing the historic preservation section's Montgomery Modern initiative with an award for special achievement in education/media. 
County Council designates a historic theater and church; more under consideration
Under County law, the Montgomery County Council has the authority to designate historic buildings and districts by adding them to the Master Plan for Historic Preservation. Designated properties are protected by the County's historic preservation ordinance and may eligible for county and state historic preservation tax credits. There are currently 22 historic districts and 433 individual resources in the Master Plan for Historic Preservation. Use our interactive mapping tool to find out if a property is designated.
The County Council has recently designated two properties: the Flower Theater, constructed in 1950, which anchored a National Register-eligible shopping center in the Long Branch Community and the Georgia Avenue Baptist Church, a National Register-eligible midcentury modern church, which continues to serve the Wheaton community.

The Council is currently evaluating whether to designate eight resources that are owned or operated by the Department of Parks.  Under consideration are five Parks recreation buildings, a house and barn located in Wheaton Regional Park, and the National Register-eligible Wheaton Youth Center on Georgia Avenue.  The Council's PHED committee is scheduled to hold a worksession on these resources on March 24.  Also up for designation is the Naval Ordnance Lab administrative building, now part of the FDA campus in White Oak.
Historic Preservation Commission meeting
The Historic Preservation Commission's next meeting is on March 26.  The Commission will consider projects in Capitol View Park, Chevy Chase Village, Kensington, Sandy Spring, and Takoma Park.  The meeting begins at 7:30 in the Planning Department's auditorium, 8787 Georgia Avenue, Silver Spring and are open to the public.  The Commission generally meets on the second and fourth Wednesday of the month.
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