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Homewood Historic District and Design Guideline Development Process

The Homewood neighborhood is defined by the borders of Plymouth Avenue to the north, Oak Park Avenue to the South, Penn Avenue North to the East and Xerxes Avenue North to the west. This area was identified in a 2002 reconnaissance survey as a potential historic district and deemed eligible for listing in the National Register of Historic Places by the State Historic Preservation Office due to the neighborhood being a haven for Minneapolis Jews in a period of intense anti-Semitism during the first half of the twentieth century.

While important, this eligibility determination does not protect the neighborhood from out-of-character development, so on April 5, 2016 the City of Minneapolis’ Heritage Preservation Commission (HPC) nominated the neighborhood as a local historic district and directed city staff to prepare a designation study, now available for your review:

Designation study and staff report, with public comment received through February 19, 2017 (pdf)

With over 250 properties in this potential historic district, the study is very large, and that can make finding specific information on your property challenging. After the general information about the district at the beginning of the survey, inventory forms and addenda for each property may be found in alphabetical order by street name and then in numerical order by address number. You may find it easier to conduct an electronic search (“Find”) using your web browser to identify instances where your property’s address appears.

The Heritage Preservation Commission (HPC) remains scheduled to discuss the proposed Homewood Historic District designation at their meeting on Tuesday, February 28, but the City Council’s decision on this proposed historic district designation has been postponed until late summer. In response to concerns that you and/or your neighbors have expressed regarding the financial implications of historic district designation, Council Member Blong Yang has requested the Heritage Preservation Commission extend interim protection for six months, until October 5, 2017, to provide city staff with time to explore financial incentives for historic preservation. The Heritage Preservation Commission will act upon this extension request at their March 14, 2017 meeting. This will be a public hearing, where time is reserved for in-person public testimony without needing an exception from the Chair, if you wish to attend and make remarks. You may also submit your written comments to me, and I will ensure the Heritage Preservation Commission receives a copy of them. The staff report will be posted online at: www.minneapolismn.gov/meetings/hpc roughly one week before the meeting.

In the meantime, please consider the specific financial incentives that you believe the City of Minneapolis ought to grant to property owners to preserve historically significant properties, and send your ideas to:

John Smoley
250 4th ST S, PSC 300
Minneapolis, MN 55415
john.smoley@minneapolismn.gov 

Last updated Feb 27, 2017

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