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    Ralston committee seeks to preserve city’s history

    August 5, 2018

    RALSTON, Neb. (AP) — A new city-sanctioned historic preservation commission aims to increase efforts to preserve Ralston’s history.

    The commission is currently in the process of identifying sites that should be preserved, the Omaha World-Herald reported . No city buildings currently have a national or local historic landmark designation.

    “To me, if you lose your old buildings, you’re losing the history and identity of your town,” said Jan Gorman, president of the Archives Museum board of directors and a member of the preservation commission.

    Ralston, which has about 7,300 residents, was established in 1907 and has buildings that date back to the late 1800s and early 1900s.

    Gorman said the commission is considering a number of potential contenders for preservation, such as the Main Street Cafe, whose building dates to 1912. Another candidate is the Village Bar, a structure that dates back to 1890.

    The committee and city leaders are also figuring out the details of what historic status would mean. The designation could make it more difficult to tear the building down or make it eligible for certain historic tax credits for rehabilitation.

    The commission has formed just as the city is taking steps toward revitalizing certain areas.

    The commission will better equip the city to pursue historic preservation grants, said Mayor Don Groesser. Those funds could also foster the reuse of buildings and the area’s development, he said. Groesser said he plans to keep the commission informed of the city’s development plans.

    “I’m sure we’ll be contacting and working with them throughout the process,” he said.

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    Information from: Omaha World-Herald, http://www.omaha.com

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