The commission discussed a shift to a central commercial historic district covering the downtown area with residential districts expanded on North Main Street, Waddill Avenue, Union Street and Seminary Street.
The initial redrawing efforts would affect 25 homes and buildings on North Main and Union streets, according to Daron Jordan, staff liaison to the commission . Other future changes could affect more properties.
Property owners within a historic district are eligible for both state and federal tax credits for certain renovations, according to Jordan.
Overall, the commission wants to exercise caution in the redefinition efforts.
“If it's not broke, let's not fix it,” said Jenny Gibson, a downtown shop owner and member of the commission.
Branding the merchants of the historic district is also an interest of the commission. The Mad City Made Initiative will serve that interest.
“With Mad City Made, we're trying to re-instill the old Downtown Merchants' Association,” said Gibson. “It can symbolize things that are actually made in downtown Madisonville, but also the environment we have created in our shops — they're very unique to downtown Madisonville, and you won't find another just like it.”The commission will meet again Tuesday, July 8.
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