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Public Notice

NOTICE OF INTENT TO ENTER INTO MEMORANDUM OF AGREEMENT WITH NORTH CAROLINA STATE HISTORIC PRESERVATION OFFICER

Post Date:06/19/2020 1:30 PM

PUBLIC NOTICE

NOTICE OF INTENT TO ENTER INTO MEMORANDUM OF AGREEMENT WITH NORTH CAROLINA STATE HISTORIC PRESERVATION OFFICER

 

The City of Lexington ("City") is issuing this PUBLIC NOTICE as part of its responsibilities under 36 C.F.R. Part 800, the regulations implementing Section 106 of the National Historic Preservation Act ("NHPA") of 1996, as amended, 16 U.S.C. ยง 470. The Section 106 regulations require the City to identify and consider the potential effects of its actions on historic properties through a collaborative framework for seeking, discussing, and considering the views of the public on how potential adverse effects on historic properties resulting from a proposed undertaking should be addressed.

 

Pursuant to the City's Community Development Block Grant entitled "Cider Bros LLC CDBG Building Re-Use Project" ("Project"), Grant No. 16-E-2934, the City plans to fund the renovation of a commercial building ("Bull City Cider Works") and the demolition of several attached structures located at 599 South Railroad Street, Lexington, NC (the "Undertaking"). The said commercial building and attached structures are located within the Lexington Industrial Historic District (the "Historic Property").

 

The City has defined the Undertaking's Area of Potential Effects (APE) as the said building and attached structures at 599 South Railroad Street, Lexington, NC, which are contributing resources within the Historic Property. The City has determined that the Undertaking will have an adverse effect on the Historic Property, and has consulted with the North Carolina State Historic Preservation Officer (SHPO), pursuant to 36 C.F.R. Part 800 of the regulations implementing Section 106 of the NHPA.

 

This Notice is to inform the public that the City intends to enter into a Memorandum of Agreement ("MOA''), pursuant to 36 C.F.R. 800.6(c)(1) with SHPO. The proposed MOA is a contract between the City and SHPO stipulating specific measures that must be implemented in order to adequately avoid or satisfactorily mitigate any adverse effect on the Historic Property. Cider Brothers, LLC (Cider Bros), is the owner of the property described in the Undertaking and operates the commercial business known as Bull City Cider Works and is the recipient of the CDBG funds, and has participated in the consultation regarding the effects of the Undertaking on the Historic Property. In addition, Cider Bros has responsibilities for implementing the stipulations under the proposed MOA, and has been invited by the City to sign the MOA as an invited signatory. The City's Historic Preservation Commission (HPC) is a concurring party, should they be invited and accept. A summary of the specific measures and stipulations to be implemented in order to adequately avoid or satisfactorily mitigate an adverse effect on the Historic Property include the following:

 

A.         Prior to demolition of the contributing and non-contributing structures, the City and Cider Bros will identify distinctive features on the property that will be salvaged. Items will be removed, stored, and made available for display or re-use in the new development.

B.         Cider Bros will create a commemorative exhibit or signage that will document the history of the said property within the Historic District and surrounding community.

C.         The exhibit will be displayed in a prominent location on the site of the Bull City Cider Works business.

D.         It is proposed that the exhibit may include pictures, historic artifacts, and other documents that capture the history of the Lexington Industrial District.

 

A copy of the proposed MOA, a map of the Lexington Industrial Historic District which includes the building and attached structures located at 599 South Railroad Street, Lexington, NC, and information regarding the Undertaking may be obtained by contacting:

Tammy V. Absher

City of Lexington

Director of the Office of Business and Community Development

31 West 1st Street

Lexington, NC 27292

Email: TVAbsher@LexingtonNC.gov

Phone: 336-479-0122.

 

As required by Section 106, the City is providing the public with information about this Undertaking, as well as an opportunity to comment on any knowledge of or concerns with the Historic Property and the Area of Potential Effects and issues relating to the Undertaking's potential adverse effects on the Historic Property. Written comments may be submitted to Tammy V. Absher, City of Lexington, Director of the Office of Business and Community Development, by email at TVAbsher@LexingtonNC.gov, or by mail at City of Lexington, Office of Business and Community Development, ATTN: Tammy V. Absher, 31 West 1st Street, Lexington, NC 27292. The deadline for submitting written comments is July 6, 2020.