D.C. organization recognizes Cincinnati’s preservation efforts

April 8, 2017 by  

The Preservation Action and the National Trust Community Investment Corporation honored Cincinnati on March 15, 2017, for the city’s work in revitalizing and preserving the historic Over-the-Rhine area.

The award was accepted by officials from Cincinnati’s Department of Buildings and Inspections. The Preservation Action group also honored the OTR Foundation and the Cincinnati Center City Development Corporation (3CDC) with a ‘Preservations Best of 2016’ award.

The awards ceremony traditionally seeks to highlight projects that have revitalized small towns and cities nationwide, particularly those using Historic Tax Credits to finance the work. This year, the organization wanted to recognize the efforts in the Over-the-Rhine neighborhood specifically.

Preservation Action noted that many agencies had helped revitalize the older area, but singled out the OTR Foundation, the city, and 3CDC for specific recognition. The announcement went on to say that the award brought the importance of the Historic Tax Credit program as an economic driver of development efforts to the attention of lawmakers in Washington, D.C. Giving tax credits to programs dedicated to preserving buildings that are historically significant, vacant, and/or underutilized, then renovating them and returning them to use, helps the entire neighborhood.

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