Historic Preservation Division

Landmark Designation, Tax Relief, & Preservation Grants

Contact Information
  • Attention: Cynthia Martin
  • Mailing: P.O. Box 1458 Kingsville, TX 78364
  • Physical: 200 E. Kleberg Kingsville, TX 78363
  • Business: (361)219-9325
  • Fax: N/A
  • E-Mail: cmartin@cityofkingsville.com

The City has long realized the importance of its historic resources and the value they have in heritage, quality of life, economic development and sustainable tax base.  In 1962, the City created historic preservation regulations that have evolved over the years.  In 1982, the City created the Historic District and a Historical Development Board to protect historic resources and to monitor construction, renovation and demolition within the district.

Historic Preservation Grant

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The mission of the City of Kingsville’ historic preservation grant program is aimed to assist business owners as well as property owners in improving and maintaining the appearance of their buildings or places of business. These grants are intended to aid commercial or mixed use property owners who repair, improve and/or rehabilitate building facades or other exterior features that are either visible from public rights-of-way or deal with significant failures, such as roof leaks, that pose an imminent threat to a building that is either considered historic or contributing to the downtown commercial building fabric This program aims to promote economic revitalization of the historic downtown and the beautification of Kingsville.

Property Tax Relief for Historic Properties

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In addition to providing guidance to property owners concerning the protection of historic resources, the City may grant municipal ad valorem tax relief to property owners to encourage and partially underwrite some of the expense of rehabilitation of historic properties.  Eligible properties are those listed on the National Register of Historic Places, recorded as a Texas Historic Landmark or designated as contributing property within the Historic District or separately designated as a City of Kingsville Historic Landmark.  For benefit of this tax credit, properties within the Historic District that are contributing are defined as having historical integrity or architectural qualities that make it an integral part of the character and context of the district.

Local Historic Landmark Designation

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The Historic Development Board may designate any property as a landmark that in its opinion has distinguishing characteristics:

·         Is an important specimen of an architectural type

·         Has exceptional value as part of local history and culture

·         Is directly associated with an important architect, builder, owner, event or with community pride

Historic Development Board Review Application

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Applications for construction, reconstruction, alteration, restoration, demolition or relocation of all or part of any building, structure, or appurtenance within Kingsville’s Historic District or a Historic Landmark require review for compliance with the Secretary of the Interiors Standards for Rehabilitation.  Such applications shall be evaluated to determine if the desired work will alter or destroy the historical or architectural integrity of the site before a building or demolition permit will be issued.

Download – Secretary of the Interiors Standards for Rehabilitation

 

For more information please contact Cynthia Martin, Downtown Manager, at 361-219-9325.