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Historic community placed on national register

Posted at 12:01 PM, Sep 11, 2015

CINCINNATI -- One of the Queen City’s most historic neighborhoods just got a boost from the National Park Service.

The service placed the Mohawk Place Historic District on the National Register of Historic Places on Sept. 1.

The designation is also a boon to the Over-the-Rhine Brewery District organization and their push for a Brewing Heritage Trail.

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The group posted on Facebook on Friday that the NPS order is a “key first step” in preserving and redeveloping the area.

Being placed on the listing will help get the neighborhood access to historic tax credits to spur redevelopment.

The group said it is still working on securing a local historic designation with the Cincinnati City Planning Department. Their aim is to protect buildings from demolition and provide guidelines on repairs and construction.

The Brewing Heritage Trail took another step toward completion earlier this year with the unveiling of three kiosk markers at Great American Ball Park.

The kiosks tell the story of the Queen City’s brewing history and are the first physical markets to introduce the trail. Some of the buildings date back to the 1880s.

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When completed, the trail will be a $5 million showcase of the city’s history and will stretch over a 2.3-mile route through the Brewery District, north of Liberty in Over-the-Rhine.

Brewery district organizers estimate it will take at least three years to complete the trail. It will include traditional signage and a phone app for visitors to navigate the route.

The tour will include 40 structures and feature architectural icons such as lagering cellars, cooper cellars and breweries.

For more information on the Brewery District, go to: www.otrbrewerydistrict.org and for information on the Heritage Trail, go to: www.brewingheritagetrail.com.

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