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Council mulls historic district commission

The Atmore City Council tabled a motion for an ordinance to create a downtown historic commission on Monday night.

Foster Kizer, executive director of the Pride of Atmore, said when the commission is established, then it can set the boundaries for the district.

“Right now, we’re only looking at the downtown business corridor from Church Street to Ridgeley Street, and over to Trammell (Street),” Kizer said.

Kizer said the reasons why a downtown historic commission would be good for the city is because of the revitalization effort and it allows businesses to get tax credits for renovation costs.

“If we get this done, the business owners will be able to make changes to their buildings internally and externally if they need do,” he said. “Depending on what they need doing, they might can qualify for a 45 percent tax credit.”

Mayor Jim Staff suggested that a public meeting be held with the business owners in regard to the commission, and to gather information for the effort.

A public meeting will be held at a later date.

In other business, the council approved the use of Houston Avery Park for “Christmas in the Park” for Dec. 15, 2018.