Uvalde up for National Register designation

Jennifer Fry

Staff writer

As of Sept. 30, the city of Uvalde has nominated its downtown to be registered as a National Register historic district. The Texas Historical Commission is set to consider the nomination at its January 2019 review board meeting.

The city’s nomination was unveiled at Main Street Uvalde’s town hall meeting held Oct. 4 at the Janey Slaughter Briscoe Grand Opera House. If approved, the district would cover buildings located as far south as Calera Street and South Getty Street, and as far north as West School Lane and North Getty. The district would extend east to Hornby Place and west to North High Street.

Not all the buildings within that radius would be included in the registry. Some, though included, would be considered “non-contributing,” – meaning that the building or site does not add any historic value to the district.

The building which houses Uvalde Cabinetry, located at 317 N. Getty St., is an example of a non-contributing property.

Benefits to becoming a National Register historic district chiefly include tax incentives. The federal government offers a 20 percent income tax credit, which can be spread over 5 years, for contributing listed properties which are income-producing.


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