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Tue May 17, 2011
Raleigh's Hi Mount Considered for Historic Designation
The Hi Mount neighborhood just north of downtown Raleigh is being considered for addition to the National Register of Historic Places. Officials say the post-war community was planned in the late 1930s with construction finished by 1954. Martha Hobbs is a preservation planner with the city. She says the recognition could be a boost for the area.
Martha Hobbs: "First, you get national recognition and its a good way to highlight your neighborhood's history. The second benefit is that contributing properties within the district are eligible for state and federal tax credits for rehabilitation."
Hobbs says Hi Mount contains 152 homes and a neighborhood park. She says most of those homes are modified Cape Cod and ranch styles. A public meeting was scheduled for Tuesday morning to allow for public comment on the nomination. Raleigh already has 28 historic districts in the National Register.