Integrate Downtown Historic Buildings into New Design
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The Historical Society asks that the BOE integrate one of the historic buildings into their new downtown administrative complex. Both buildings are on the National Register of Historic Places as part of Canton’s Historic District. Over the years, Canton has lost dozens of its historic buildings to urban renewal and road projects. The loss of two important landmarks, one at a prominent entry point, would be detrimental to the efforts of those working to revitalize historic downtown.
There are many variations that could be considered to accommodate the new administration building and integrate at least one of the historic buildings into the new complex. A breezeway could be used to connect the old with the new and we would recommend that the architects choose a design compatible with the existing downtown buildings. If the School Board feels the renovation costs are beyond their means, then we would encourage them to sell the buildings to a private developer who could take advantage of the significant rehabilitation tax credits available.
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