Killeen: City Could Be Nationally Recognized As Historic Place

By: Brittany Semadeni Email
By: Brittany Semadeni Email

KILLEEN (September 21, 2012)--The City of Killeen is in the final stages of getting an application together to nominate the city to be on the National Register of Historic Places.

An architectural historian was hired by the city using a grant, in hopes of submitting a professional application.

About nine blocks of downtown qualify as historic since they were built before 1962.

Another determining factor is how little the buildings have been altered.

According to spokesperson Hilary Shine, about 59 percent of the buildings in the district could be considered historic.

At least 50 percent of the buildings must be considered historic to receive the recognition.

“If you look at old homes, brick patterns and walls you will see history but right now we have a streetscaping project going on as a result of a grant from TxDOT,” Shine said.

"The city is already a part of the Certified Local Government program in which they are eligible to receive some grants and incentives, however, to be listed on the National Register of Historic Places offers a whole different set of grant money and incentives," Shine added.

The city says if they are approved, it will provide an economic boost to the city as more businesses would want to be located there.

“Since there is no deadline for submitting the application, we do not know at this time when the application will be ready to submit,” Shine said.

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