Browne’s Addition one step closer to becoming historic neighborhood

The vote is in – Browne’s Addition is one step closer to becoming a historic neighborhood.

The vote passed with 54 percent approval. It passed with 199 votes, although it only needed 186. It will now move to the City Council for approval.

Browne’s Addition is Spokane’s oldest neighborhood and is made up of historic buildings, many of which are already on the historic registry. The proposed district would require property owners to get board approval for any exterior renovations to their property, but they would not need approval for painting or landscaping.

Property owners would also get help with their property taxes. They could receive up to 10 years of reduced property taxes, as well as a 20 percent income tax credit for income-producing properties like rental apartments or retail establishments.

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