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October 10, 2012

Council considers scope of tax breaks

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Councilors also talked about whether they could offer developers incentive to preserve historic properties along Rantoul Street.

Bill Finch, chairman of the Beverly Historic District Commission, said there are six or seven historically significant properties in the proposed tax incentive district, including the post office and the train depot, which are on the National Register of Historic Places.

“It may seem silly to worry about the post office, but the (U.S. Postal Service) has surplused property,” Finch said. “It’s not out of the realm of possibility we may be dealing with that at some point in time.”

Councilor Scott Houseman said that he is in the process of writing an order that will offer incentives for preserving historic buildings.

“There’s already going to be an incentive (if the tax break plan passes) to tear down what’s there,” he said. “I think it can be done in a way that satisfies all concerned.”

Staff writer Paul Leighton can be reached at 978-338-2675 or pleighton@salemnews.com.

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