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On December 7, 2018, the Minneapolis City Council directed staff to submit a final draft of Minneapolis 2040 to the Metropolitan Council for their review. This final draft is available in PDF form while staff works to update the interactive website to reflect all of the changes adopted by the City Council.

NOTE CONTENT CHANGES: In response to public input, the proposed content of this policy has changed since its original draft publication on March 22, 2018. To hide or view the mark-ups click the link below.
POLICY 95

Heritage Preservation Financial Incentives: Establish and promote financial incentives for historically designated properties and other properties important to the City’s heritage.

Currently, Minneapolis’ preservation tools are mostly regulatory, with no local financial incentives. The rehabilitation of historic properties is often more time and expensive labor intensive due to the level of materials and craftsmanship needed to ensure historically compatible alterations. This labor intensive work more often than not relies on local construction experts, resulting in more of the construction costs recirculating through the local economy than on typical new developments. Statewide, the compounding economic impact of historic rehabilitation incentives is illustrated through the State Historic Rehabilitation tax credit program. The financial impact of the $6.7 million of State tax credit incentives expended in fiscal year 2017 is estimated at $66.4 million. For each dollar of the Tax Credit program invested, $9.99 of economic activity is generated (Economic Impact of Projects Leverage by the MHRTC:FY2017). Providing and promoting historic rehabilitation financial tools and resources will help the City meet its goal of broadening the inclusivity of heritage preservation, protecting endangered properties, and promoting economic vitality.

ACTION STEPS

The City will seek to accomplish the following action steps to establish and promote financial incentives for historically designated properties and other properties important to the City’s heritage.

  1. Identify Establish and promote financial assistance incentives for city wide historic properties such as loans and grants targeted to historic properties in low-income communities.
  2. Enhance technical assistance by subsidizing architectural assistance for planning property maintenance, repairs, and remodeling issues rehabilitation projects.
  3. Promote financial preservation incentives for owners and developers of properties that are not locally designated but are important to the city’s heritage.
  4. Advocate for local, state, and federal policies, programs, and legislation that would enable stronger historic resource designations, protections, and rehabilitation programs.
  5. Further expand the City's strategic partnerships in the field of preservation.
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