WISCONSIN RAPIDS -- The City of Wisconsin Rapids Historic Preservation Commission met for the first time on Thursday, March 16, 2023. The Historic Preservation Commission is comprised of members who have an interest in landmarks, preservation, architecture, and urban design. Members serve for a term of three years. The Historic Preservation Commission has the power to recommend designation of local historic structures, historic districts, and historic sites within City limits, although it is not the intent to create local districts or regulations at this time. The Historic Preservation Commission has several goals slated for the next few years:
1) To receive approval from the State Historic Preservation Office (SHPO) to become a Certified Local Government (CLG) community with access to state grant funds.
✓ The City was officially awarded CLG status on March 15, 2023.
2) To apply for state funds to complete a City-wide survey whereby properties and districts that may be good candidates for nomination to the National and State Register of Historic Places can be identified (no local districts or regulations are proposed).
3) Provide the opportunity for eligible homeowners and business owners to receive historic tax credits on home and business improvements if they choose to do so.
The Historic Preservation Commission will meet next on Thursday, May 25th at 6:00 p.m. More information can be found on the Historic Preservation page on the City’s website.