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HTC Included in Reconciled Tax Legislation!

A big thank you to all who voiced your support! An Update from the National Trust Community Investment Corporation House and Senate Reconciled Tax Bill Includes 20% Historic Tax Credit, Final Vote Next Week The House and Senate Conference Committee has reconciled the differences between the two versions of the tax bill. The agreement eliminates the pre-1936 10% non-historic tax credit and includes the 20% Historic Tax Credit (HTC) with a provision that it will be claimed over five years. Also, the Conference Committee included additional transition rule language that now clearly covers phased rehabilitations for which the taxpayer may select a 60-month period. Both the House and Senate are l

Grant Funds for Preservation Projects!

Secretary of the Commonwealth William Francis Galvin and the Massachusetts Historical Commission (MHC) are pleased to announce Round 24 of the Massachusetts Preservation Projects Fund grant program. The MHC is now accepting applications for Round 24 grants. It is anticipated that funding for Round 24 will be in the range of the previous grant round, Round 23, which was funded at $780,000. The Massachusetts Preservation Projects Fund (MPPF) is a state-funded 50% reimbursable matching grant program established in 1984 to support the preservation of properties, landscapes, and sites (cultural resources) listed in the State Register of Historic Places. Applicants must be a municipality or nonpro

Intro to Preservation Planning Workshops

In early 2018, Chris Skelly of the Massachusetts Historical Commission will be holding three workshops focusing on an introduction to preservation planning. These events are free and for more information and to RSVP please click on the links below. Please contact Chris Skelly with any questions at christopher.skelly@state.ma.us January 16, 9am Norwood MHC Workshop: Introduction to Historic Preservation Planning in cooperation with the Metropolitan Area Planning Council RSVP Here January 17, 6pm Tewksbury MHC Workshop: Introduction to Historic Preservation Planning in cooperation with the Tewksbury Historical Commission RSVP Here March 21, 10am Haverhill MHC Workshop: Introduction to Histori

"Getting It Right" Circuit Riders & CPA Dighton

Over the past two years, the Town of Dighton’s Community Preservation Commission has taken advantage of the advice and technical assistance provided by our Circuit Rider program to help complete its first Community Preservation Act-funded historic preservation project and to launch a second one. Early in 2016, Circuit Rider for Eastern Massachusetts, Jeffrey Gonyeau, began consulting with Dighton CPC chair, Tim Rhines, on preservation work proposed for the c.1770 Winslow-Davis House. Owned by the Town, it serves as the headquarters of the Dighton Historical Society, which also maintains it. Given that this was to be the Town’s first preservation project using CPA funds, the CPC, members of t

Learning in Lowell: A Retrospective on the 2017 Massachusetts Historic Preservation Conference

The 2017 Massachusetts Historic Preservation Conference was held on September 22 at the UMass Lowell Inn and Conference Center. By all accounts it was a successful day, with great educational sessions, discussion panels and of course, amazing tours of Lowell. This conference was by no means a one person or organization effort and huge thanks are owed to our partners at the Lowell National Historical Park and the Lowell Historic Board. We also have to extend great thanks to Lisa Craig, our Keynote Speaker for discussing climate change and the impacts of natural disasters on historic resources. And also thank you to our sponsors for their financial support and to our volunteers for giving gen

Wanted: New Owner for Old Inn

Have you ever wanted to own an inn located in a quintessential New England town? Has your educational institution outgrown its current home? Interested in developing a mixed-use project that incorporates housing for local seniors? The town of Petersham wants to hear from you to explore these and other possibilities. The town has issued an “all options” RFP and is looking for a new owner that has both the vision and capacity to reimagine, reuse, and reactivate the long vacant, town owned Nichewaug Inn and Academy. The Nichewaug Inn constructed in 1899, and located on the Common in the Petersham Common National Register and Local Historic District, is a stick style building which served as a s

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