JOPLIN, MO.--- The city held a meeting tonight for residents who live in the Murphysburgs to go over how the neighborhood could make the list. The city has hired Rosin Preservation to make the nomination. The firm will research, document the history of the structures, and verify that the residential district is eligible for the list. To make the National Register, properties have to be at least 50 years old. City Community Development Planner Matt Wright says by listing the district on the register, potential federal and state tax credits will help property owners and the city maintain the homes.
"Early business owners in the city of Joplin, as well as a lot of people involved in the mining industry, built their homes in Murphysburg. So a lot of the original founders of Joplin, this Murphysburg was their home and I think it's good to preserve that legacy," said Matt Wright, Joplin Community Development Planner.
Rosin will research the district over the next couple months and another public meeting will be held sometime in October. Wright says once a nomination is made, it will be reviewed by the state before being sent to the national register for consideration. If Murphysburg makes the list, it will be the city's first residential district to make it.
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