Whittier building gets tax break
The South Dakota State Historical Society board of trustees recently approved the property tax moratorium application for the Whittier School in Mitchell.
This application was for the eight-year state historic preservation property tax moratorium for restoration and rehabilitation made to historic buildings. The projects meet the U.S. secretary of the interior's standards for rehabilitation.
"This approval is significant because if a historic building qualifies for the tax benefit, an eight-year delay is placed on the property tax assessment of any certified improvements," said Jay D. Vogt, director of the State Historical Society, headquartered at the Cultural Heritage Center in Pierre. "Property tax assessments may not be increased due to certified rehabilitation of the building."
The property tax moratorium is an incentive for owners of properties listed on the National Register of Historic Places to maintain and rehabilitate their homes and businesses.
Whittier School, located at 410 W. Second Ave., was built in 1935 and was designed by Mitchell firm Kings & Dixon. It first served as a public school and then as a private school. It is being rehabilitated for both office space in the former cafeteria and loft residences on the other floors.
The work in 2013 included refinishing interior surfaces and installing lighting and HVAC systems in the new office space, and framing and installing systems to finish more than a dozen of the apartment spaces.
--- Source: South Dakota State Historical Society