A controversial plan to extend the Manchester Historic District caught some residents by surprise. At a meeting today [7/11], three council members voiced concerns with the proposal.
The plan would allow over 600 properties near Manchester to become eligible for tax credits. Julie Langan, head of the Virginia Department of Historic Resources, downplayed the role those credits might have in gentrification, since most homeowners wouldn’t use them.
Councilwoman Ellen Robertson was not convinced.
“We cannot ignore the significance these destinations and economic values, and that’s the conversation I think needs to be had in the room."
Michael and Laura Hild, the couple who’ve bought up dozens of properties in the area and who pushed for the expansion, did not attend the meeting.
A vote on the proposal has been kicked back to September to allow more community input.