The City of Plano is embarking on a process to list the Downtown Heritage Resource District (DHRD) on the National Register of Historic Places (NRHP). The NRHP is an official list of the Nation's historic places worthy of preservation. The list comprises of districts, sites, buildings, structures, and objects significant in history, architecture, archeology, engineering, and culture at the community, state or national level. One of the benefits of such a listing would make applicable property owners (district-wide) eligible for state and federal tax incentives and provide a prestigious and formal recognition of a property’s or district’s historical, architectural, or cultural significance based on national standards used by every state. Information on additional benefits can be accessed at here.
With 42 properties in the Downtown Heritage Resource District, the City is preparing work with a project consultant to submit the National Register nomination. A kickoff meeting was held on Wednesday, December 14, 2016 with downtown merchants, property owners, and other interested parties. A second public meeting will be held in early 2017 to review the nomination materials.