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2 historic residences receive tax exemptions

August 11, 2012

PAWTUCKET — Noting that the two houses had already passed muster with the Historic District Commission for a zoning historic overlay and the tax exemption that accompanies it, the City Council on Wednesday approved such requests for 39 Lafayette St. and 14 Perrin Ave.
However, several councilors said they would like to see a moratorium put on such zoning changes and the historic tax exemption that goes with it until a study is done of the costs and benefits to the city. In particular, councilors questioned whether the exemption, which was put into place as an incentive for the owners of historic properties to maintain their homes, is actually being used for this purpose.
Barney Heath, the city's acting Planning Director, said the ordinance was designed for two reasons: to encourage property owners to maintain their homes, and to enter their home on the city's historic district. In becoming part of a historic district, the property owner promises to maintain the exterior of their home according to established historical guidelines. The intent is to keep up the “curb appeal” of as many properties as possible, he added.

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