Yoakum Pre-Qualifies as National Register District
Yoakum EDC Director Chuck Dart announced today that Downtown Yoakum has passed pre-qualification as a National Register District. The National Register of Historic Places is the official list of the Nation's historic places worthy of preservation. “Many of Yoakum’s structures are in amazing historical condition” said Greg Smith of Texas Historical Commission. “Once downtown becomes a Register District, building owners can qualify for tax credits that can contribute significantly toward building improvements.” There are about 3,500 Register Districts in the country.
“We need to clear up some misconceptions” said Dart, because there are no negatives to this status. Building owners still have complete control. There is even a waiting list of people ready to buy tax credits. Federal and state tax credit programs have helped transform many downtowns from derelict to delightful.
Downtown building owners and the public are invited to attend two scheduled public meetings designed to provide National Register District information. The meetings will be held at Yoakum City Hall at noon Friday, January 27 and at 6pm Monday, January 30.
In the 9-12 months leading up to Yoakum’s National Register application, local volunteers will collect detailed data on each building in the district. Owners may be called on to provide information on the building’s significance, past uses, construction and stories. All questions come from a structured survey. Individuals who have an interest in local history and who can dedicate 2-3 hours per month in research are invited to attend.