Farmington's Main Street to earn recognition

Oct 27 2011 - 1:46pm

FARMINGTON -- This historic community's Main Street will be officially listed in the National Register of Historic Places.

Edson Beall, historian for the National Register of Historic Places, was scheduled to officially announce the inclusion of the local street on the national register Thursday afternoon, according to Farmington Mayor Scott Harbertson.

It is the second such designation in the county seat. Clark Lane is already listed on the national registry.

"It's very exciting," Alysa Revel, chair of the Farmington City Historic Preservation Commission, said of the announcement.

Revel said the designation covers Main Street, beginning north at Burke Lane, going south to just beyond the new city hall.

The designation also includes a small spur at 100 North, on a street containing the home of one of the city's founders, Joseph Lee Robinson, who served as the first bishop of the LDS congregation in the city. Farmington was founded in 1847.

Revel said the historic listings initiates a number of things.

All homes in the designated area, including the non-historic ones, are able to take advantage of special state and federal tax incentives. The area is also eligible to showcase special signage and historic homes can also include special historic markers.

With the national designation in place, Revel said the preservation commission is expected to press for the street to be added to the newly-created city registry for historic landmarks.

Harbertson praised the city's historic group in earning the designation and said he sees the attention as added recognition to the historic nature of the city and its pioneer roots. He noted how important the sycamore-lined street is to local residents.

"Honesty it's a great achievement to have Farmington win this recognition," Harbertson said.

Revel also noted one of the things that is different about the city's main street in comparison to some of its Davis County neighbors is that it is mostly residential, with few commercial businesses.

The city's main street has already grabbed national attention in other areas.

With sycamore trees on both the east and west sides of the street, Main Street was cited by Money Magazine, which listed the community as one of the top cities in the U.S. to live.

This year, Farmington was ranked as the No. 12 city in the U.S. in which to live, and two years prior to that it was listed at No. 14.

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