- Associated Press - Sunday, September 20, 2015

PORTSMOUTH, N.H. (AP) - A downtown historic district in Portsmouth is under consideration for listing on the National Register of Historic Places.

A public meeting on the district’s proposed boundaries and benefits for property owners is scheduled for Sept. 28 from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. at the Portsmouth Public Library.

A downtown historic district in Portsmouth previously had been recognized as National Register-eligible by federal and state agencies. After a comprehensive review, properties within the downtown area that meet National Register standards have been included in the nomination, which must be approved by the National Park Service in order for official National Register status to be given.

Listing on the National Register is a different type of historical designation than local historic districting, and it offers additional benefits for property owners.

Some of those benefits include being eligible to apply to preservation grant programs such as the Land and Community Heritage Investment Program and Conservation License Plate grants.

Projects that repair commercial buildings listed on the National Register and that meet the Secretary of the Interior’s Standards for Rehabilitation of Historic Buildings are potentially eligible for a 20 percent tax credit.

Listing on the National Register places no restrictions on what repairs can be made to a historic building.

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