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Palmerton still seeking historic district recognition

Published June 01. 2013 09:04AM

Palmerton is set to take its second at-bat in its quest to be recognized as a historic district.

The borough's proposal will be considered by the Pennsylvania State Review Board for nomination to the National Register of Historic Places when the Historic Preservation Board meets at 9:45 a.m. Tuesday, June 4.

The meeting will take place in Room 105, Rachel Carson Building, 400 Market Street, Harrisburg.

Owners of private properties nominated to the National Register have an opportunity to comment on this action in accord with the National Historic Preservation Act and 36CFR60.

Any owner or partial owner of private property who chooses to comment may submit to the State Historic Preservation Office a notarized statement certifying that the party is the sole or partial owner of private property.

The notarized objection must be submitted to Jean H. Cutler, Deputy State Historic Preservation Officer, Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission, 400 North Street, Harrisburg, PA, 17120, by Monday, June 3.

This will mark the borough's second chance to gain inclusion as a historic district after its initial quest last October came up short.

Upon its review, the Historic Preservation Board felt the borough's application needed additional documentation, and was denied, according to Dale Freudenberger, anthracite region coordinator, Delaware & Lehigh National Heritage Corridor.

Freudenberger previously said the board felt it needed more detail about the community being a planned community, and that they wanted to see more detail on the documentation.

Palmerton's nomination is based upon the town's history and design as a well-planned, 'Industrial Company Town', Freudenberger said. If the borough receives inclusion, it would be the first in the state to be approved under that criteria, he said.

The district is roughly bounded by Tomb Street, Princeton Avenue, Mauch Chunk Road, Edgemont Avenue, 3rd Street, Fireline Road, 5th Street, Lafayette Avenue, State Road, Avenue B, Columbia Avenue, 8th Street and Avenue A.

Freudenberger previously said the Pennsylvania Historical Museum Commission approved a Keystone Historic Preservation Grant for $10,000 toward the National Register nomination in the summer of 2011. The Palmerton Area Historical Society contributed $10,000 as well, he said.

In September, Lansford received its designation as a historic district, joining Jim Thorpe as the only towns in Carbon County for listing in the National Register of Historic Places.

The National Register of Historic Places is the nation's official list of properties recognized for their significance in American history, architecture, archaeology, engineering and culture.

The National Register Program was established by the National Historic Preservation Act of 1966 to coordinate and support public and private efforts to identify, evaluate, and protect our historic and archaeologic resources.

National Register properties include districts, sites, buildings, structures, and objects. They can be significant to a local community, a state, an Indian tribe, or the nation as a whole.

The Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission is the commonwealth's official history agency. The Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission's Bureau for Historic Preservation maintains the commonwealth's inventory of historic properties and prehistoric sites and manages the National Register of Historic Places in Pennsylvania.

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