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Downtown building workshops offered in May

100 Pine Street

The City of Bellingham is offering free informational sessions to highlight financial incentives, code and zoning flexibility available to owners of historic and other existing buildings. This series is part of the City's Downtown project, a multi-year effort to establish actions our community can take to further improve the vitality of downtown Bellingham.

Four free workshops scheduled in May can help property owners explore the special building codes available for renovations or other improvements, as well as the possibility of registering their buildings on local or national historic registers and accessing tax credits.

Celebrating Bellingham's Historic Buildings: The Downtown Bellingham Historic Resource Survey & Inventory Project

Learn about the history of downtown Bellingham, the potential for a downtown National Register Historic District, and learn which buildings are eligible for listing on the national, state and local historic registers. The full survey report can be viewed online at: Historic Resource Survey and Inventory Projects.

Design Flexibility for Buildings: Using the International Existing Building Code

Laube Hotel

City of Bellingham Building Official Jim Tinner will show how the International Existing Building Code (IEBC) allows modifications to the building code as long as alterations, changes of use, and updates comply with minimum health, structural, fire and life safety provisions.

Incentives for Historic Buildings: Bellingham Local Register of Historic Places

The City of Bellingham offers financial and other incentives to owners of historic properties. City Planner Jackie Lynch will explain the nomination process to list your historic building on the local Bellingham Register of Historic Places, and review the benefits of listing.

Incentives for Historic Buildings: National Register of Historic Places and the Federal Tax Credit Program

Learn about how the Federal Rehabilitation Tax Credit program* can help a historic building rehabilitation project "pencil out." The program is available to buildings listed in the National Register of Historic Places. The session will include an overview of what makes a building "eligible" for listing, as well as how to complete a nomination. *To be eligible for this 20 percent credit, National Register properties must be income-producing, which may include uses such as commercial, retail, office, rental residential or industrial.

For more information contact Katie Franks, Planning and Community Development, at or (360) 778-8388.

Published:  April 26, 2013

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