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Parsons City Commission votes to change neighborhood revitalization, allowing for greater tax reimbursement

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It's every city's wish to see the buildings with the most memories stay alive.  But often, they fall by the wayside.

Parsons is looking to change this, by making the renovation process more enticing.

"You're always looking for incentives that are going to help the funders actually put the project into motion," said Kari West.

The city is offering a 15 year neighborhood revitalization, during which owners of registered historic buildings can receive a 95 percent tax rebate on improvements made.

"It's just so that folks will make an investment and it's kind of a reward for making that investment," said West.

One building that qualifies is the Parsonian, a former hotel once-owned by Bob Bartelli.

"We had governors stay overnight," said Bartelli. "We had us senators, we had different dignitaries come to town and be here or they'd be in the ballroom for different functions."

The Parsonian is one of the largest buildings in downtown Parsons. Once a bustling centerpiece, it now sits vacant. But city officials say the fifteen year revitalization plan will help to bring new life to the historic building."

"I'm excited about it being renovated and brought back to pretty much to its old glory," said Bartelli.

Development group Flint Hills Holdings  plans to do this, by turning the hotel into senior-living apartments.  

"We thought the 15 years is just a great opportunity to get some new housing development and actually have folks living here downtown in Parsons," said West.

Like the Parsonian, the buildings have to be on either the state or national historic registers in order to qualify for the tax reimbursement.  





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