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Le Mars Downtown Historic Study

(LE MARS)--Downtown Le Mars may be part of the National Register of Historic Places.

 The Le Mars Historic Preservation Commission will use a Certified Local Government Grant to survey the downtown commercial district. The results of the study of the downtown will be used in a nomination to the National Register of Historic Places for the National Register designation.

Historic Preservation Commission member Mary Reynolds is the Main Street Manager for the Le Mars Area Chamber of Commerce. Reynolds will serve as the local project director. She'll coordinate and oversee the grant process with the State Historical Society.

Preservation Solutions of Wamego, Kansas has been selected to conduct the downtown survey and prepare the National Register nomination for Le Mars.  

Details will be explained at three public meetings. The first meeting is Wednesday, May 18th at noon in the City Council Chambers. The purpose of the meeting next week is to acquaint building owners, Main Street Committee members, Plymouth County Historical Museum staff and volunteers with the grant and the study of about 125 buildings in the downtown area.

If National Register approval is received, historic tax credits could be available for building expansion, rehabilitation and new development.

Building owners in the designated area will be contacted to help volunteers with the intensive historical study of each building.

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