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New handbook streamlines Sidney's Historic Preservation guidelines, ordinances

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Sidney is one of the few cities in western Nebraska with an entire downtown district listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

And now, a new handbook is making it easier to preserve those historic buildings and landmarks.

The Sidney Historic Preservation Handbook is being created through a Certified Local Community Grant from the National Park Service through the State Historic Preservation Society.

Sidney's Community Development Director, Megan McGown, says the handbook will make it easier for people to comply with Historic Preservation ordinances by having all the information centralized in one place.

"Which would be our guidelines, our district information, or historic district information, the process of applying for grant funds for facade enhancements, the process of applying for a certificate of approval for exterior enhancements. It's just easier to put it all into one handbook to hand out so everyone's getting the same message."

McGown says the ordinances are to protect historic buildings an landmarks by making sure any changes or renovations keep the historic character of the building in place.

She says the handbook is for anyone looking to make any changes or complete restoration projects to their building or historic property.

The handbook is the first step of a larger historic preservation project.

"We want to protect the history we have," McGown says. "We halve the district, but we also have a lot of other historic assets within the community that we need to look at too."

The handbook is in the draft stages now, and should be published sometime this spring.

McGown says the Handbook will soon be available online on the city's website, and hard copies can be picked up at city hall. 


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