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By Karen Cohilas - bio | email

ALBANY, GA (WALB) -- Albany city leaders are working to mark off parts of downtown for the National Historic Register.

The National Register is a program that coordinates and supports public and private efforts to identify historic resources.

Once they are placed on the list, property owners can take advantage of powerful tax incentives, up to 40% of what they invest to improve the property.

Albany leaders are identifying a defined area downtown where they'd like to make sure historic commercial buildings are left in tact.

"New buildings, unfortunately, look more and more the same," said Paul Fogey of the Southwest Georgia Regional Commission. "They can be in any community in the country, but your historic buildings make Albany unique."

 Even if a building is placed on the National Registry, there are no restrictions on how the owner can use the structure.

 

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