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Zebulon opposes historic district designation

Posted on June 9, 2021

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An old Zebulon firetruck is shown in this 1953 photograph featured on the town website.

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An old Zebulon firetruck is shown in this 1953 photograph featured on the town website.

ZEBULON — The Zebulon Board of Commissioners on Monday unanimously agreed to send a letter asking state officials to deny a proposal to add the town’s proposed historic district to the National Register of Historic Places.

The board said it wants a historic district, but commissioners want to amend the boundaries to be more equitable. They’re also seeking more input from town residents.

Local nonprofit Preservation Zebulon nominated the 160-acre district, which consists of around 300 structures built between 1906 and 1971 roughly bounded by West Judd Street to the north, the railroad to the south, Arendell Avenue to the east and Rotary Drive to the west.

The town asked the state National Registry Advisory Committee to table a vote on the proposed district in February. The town wanted more time to evaluate the proposed district and to let more residents be involved in the process.

The governing board and Preservation Zebulon held a joint public meeting with the town planning board and the county historic preservation committee. At that meeting, the town asked questions about how the boundaries were established, pointing out the wide variety of architectural features among properties on the list. Concerns were also expressed about communities of color that weren’t included.

On May 17, the planning board voted 6-1 to ask the state advisory committee to table the decision on the proposed historic district. The person who voted against the recommendation told Planning Director Michael Clark that he would’ve preferred to ask the committee to deny the district outright.

The Wake County Historic Preservation Committee also sent a letter dated May 25 expressing concerns with the proposed boundaries and process.

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