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Highland Acres Historic District Information Meeting set for November 4
BISMARCK, N.D. – The City of Bismarck, in coordination with the Bismarck Historic Preservation Commission, the North Dakota State Historic Preservation Office and Metcalf Archeological Consultants, Inc. will be hosting a public information meeting regarding the potential nomination of the Highland Acres neighborhood to the National Register of Historic Places as a historic district. The meeting will be held on November 4, 2021 starting at 6:30 PM in the gymnasium at Highland Acres Elementary School located at 1200 Prairie Dr, Bismarck, ND 58501.
Highland Acres residents and interested members of the public are invited to attend this information meeting which will include a presentation about this effort as well as provide time for questions and answers. A recording of the meeting will also be made available and posted on the City’s website for those who are unable to attend the in-person event.
The National Register of Historic Places is the nation’s list of properties and places considered worthy of preservation. The documentation process for listing demonstrates that the resource is significant in some aspect of the nation’s history. The City of Bismarck currently has two recognized historic districts: The Downtown Bismarck Historic District and the Cathedral Area Historic District.
Contrary to misconceptions about the National Register program, being individually listed or within a listed historic district does not prevent owners from altering their property, restrict the use or sale of the property or require that the owner establish times that the property must be open to the public. Entry into the National Register of Historic Places does give a property prestige, provide protection from federally assisted projects, and provide eligibility for certain preservation financial incentives.
Prior to submission of a nomination, property owners will also be contacted by the North Dakota State Historic Preservation Office and may indicate their objection to the district listing. If over 50 percent of property owners object to the historic district it would not be forwarded to the National Park Service for nomination or could be proposed with a reduced district boundary.
This project was funded by the Historic Preservation Fund, National Park Service, Department of the Interior. Any opinions, findings, and conclusions or recommendations expressed in this material do not necessarily reflect the views of the Department of the Interior.
For additional information about this meeting or the ongoing effort to complete the Historic District Nomination to the National Register of Historic Places, please contact Will Hutchings, AICP, Senior Planner in the Community Development Department at 701-355-1850 or e-mail.