Holding on to historic structures in 2017

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MONROE, La. (KNOE 8 News) - Something as small as a broken window or a hole in the roof can be a real turn-ff. But one non-profit says that doesn't mean it's not worth holding on to.

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Louisiana Trust For Historic Preservation says knowing what's worth buying and what's work keeping, are the biggest challenges face in their decision to restore.

From January until June, the non-profit is hosting 12 meetings across the state to answer questions about historic preservation, and different ways to apply for funding.

Brian Davis with LTHP says learning how to restore historic structures is good for cities and towns in the long run.

"It creates jobs through construction...increases tourism...
increase sales of materials...both during renovations and afterwards," says Davis. "It increases your local tax base, which means
more money for road improvements, police, fire,
public service, and also improves property value for surrounding buildings as well."

Davis says if you're planning to get rid of a property, selling it to a non-profit may not be a bad idea.

"We'll either buy it or accept the donation of it and that's a donation to a non profit," says Davis. "So they can use it as a tax write-off, whoever donates the property."

LTHP's first meeting will be held at the Delhi Civic Center Thursday, January 12 from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.

All neighboring towns and parishes are welcome to attend.

Visit lthp.org for the full list of cities LTHP will be visiting between January and June.