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Footer Dye Works Application For National Register Of Historic Places

February 15th, 2013 by WCBC Radio

The Cumberland Historic Preservation Commission voted 6-2 this week to support a resolution for backing an application for the Footer Dye Works Building to be listed on the National Register of Historic Places. The future of the aging structure has been a source of debate in the community for several years now with some viewing the four-story structure as having historical significance- while others view it as an eyesore and a potential safety concern.  The Footer Dye Works Building is owned by the state of Maryland with the Canal Place Development and Preservation Authority acting in a managerial roll. City councilman David Kauffman is an ex-officio member of the commission, and says that ensuring the city could offer potential developers every financial incentive possible was important. At the same time, he realizes that the day may come where demolition of the building may be the only solution. From the city’s perspective, Kauffman says private development and renovation of the building could prove a tremendous benefit for the local economy…

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