City Of Waupun Exploring Downtown Historic District

12/14/17 – The city of Waupun is in the process of creating a Downtown Historic District. Over the last several months, the Community Development Authority has looked into different ways to preserve historical buildings in the downtown area. City Administrator Kathy Schlieve says the State Historical Society suggested the historic tax credit program. The program creates opportunities for business and building owners to obtain tax credit to help preserve the historic structures. In October, a meeting was held with business and building owners to discuss the matter. Schlieve says there was unanimous consensus among those in attendance to move forward. She says the next step is to find a consultant to research the city’s buildings and write nomination papers that would go to the state to try to qualify for the federal historical registry. The common council this week approved a resolution to begin the process. Schlieve says the tax credits could aid in several needed maintenance projects for buildings including tuck pointing, replacing outdated furnaces, and roof repairs. The city has secured a grant to cover the cost of the consultant, a savings of roughly $10-thousand dollars.