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Downtown survey results available

Staff writer

Results of a survey of historic Marion buildings will be discussed in a 7 p.m. meeting today at Marion Community Center.

The survey, commissioned in May through a $9,750 grant from Kansas Historical Society, is being conducted with an eye toward getting a designation as a historic district. If the downtown wins that designation, building owners can apply for tax credits that can be sold to pay for remodeling.

The last project report was given in September by Ben Moore, owner of Manhattan architectural firm Ben Moore Studio, Kristy Johnson, project architect for Ben Moore Studios, and Christy Davis, owner of Davis Preservation in Cottonwood Falls.

Economic development director Randy Collett said both a field survey and project report will be presented.

The areas surveyed included both sides of Main St. from 5th to 1st Sts., the library, city hall, Valley United Methodist Church, Dorothy’s, and the Marion County Record building.

Surveyors’ findings and suggestions will be forwarded to Kansas Historical Society for final determination which buildings contribute to a historic district designation.

In the time since the September report, surveyors have met with building owners to gather information on their building’s history.

Records of properties will be sent to the Kansas Historical Resources Inventory and the final report will be sent to the state historical society.

Last modified Dec. 11, 2019

 

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