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Wednesday, July 13, 2016

Fort Thomas Renaissance Board Will Soon Have Another Tool

The Midway Historic District is a district that will be catalogued with the city's new website. FTM file/Mike's Photo Service. 
Fort Thomas is fortunate to have two revitalized historic districts and now, with help from students at NKU's Center for Applied Informatics, a database is being created that shows the historical information of each property, the layout and taxes.

This database will be available for city employees to access information for potential buyers or renters. A secondary advantage is that the police and fire department can use it to access the layout of buildings to help in emergencies. Once it's complete, it will allow the city and emergency responders to access everything in one place.

Members of the Renaissance Board have divided up to take pictures of different blocks of buildings to help populate the website's directory.

Designated as historic sites in the early 2000s by both the city and state, the Fort Thomas's renaissance districts are in the center of town and in the Midway district.

Every address that is designated as part of the Renaissance district has tax benefits for their owners and a review board oversees the facades of the buildings such as paint colors or style to keep them consistent.

The Renaissance Board believes an attractive and well-maintained central business district stimulates a stronger business economy in Fort Thomas.
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Other advantages of owning a building designated historical by the Renaissance Board are low-interest loans available for improving and preserving the building with a stream-lined loan process, discount pricing on certain paints, and preservation tax credits.

Debbie Buckley is the Renaissance Manager and Economic Development Director for the city of Fort Thomas. Her responsibilities include helping to find the right buyer or tenant for these historical properties. When potential buyers or renters meet with her, the information about these historic properties are currently kept in several different notebooks.

According to Buckley, "The city wants all the info in one database to make it easy to locate it on a laptop or iPad."

Buckley hopes the database will be finished soon. Work on it started last August and there have been more delays than anticipated. The final database will be a huge benefit to the city and for emergency responders.

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