Springfield officials approve expansion of historic district

SPRINGFIELD - A proposed expansion of the Central Springfield Historic District has been approved by city officials.

Under the proposal, 83 buildings would be added to the nearly 40-year-old historic district, bringing the total number of buildings to 158.  Officials say the buildings would then be eligible to receive a 20 percent federal tax credit to help with redevelopment, which could draw in developers.

City officials also say the restoration of about 20 downtown buildings in the last 20 years have been aided by federal tax credit, and that the expansion was discussed last summer.  Most of the district's newly added buildings date back to the 1950s and 1960s.

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