The impact of historic tax credits on the revitalization in downtown Birmingham and other historic areas of Alabama is unquestioned. Our recently restored state HTC, when combined with the Federal HTC has helped make millions of dollars of investment happen. It is an incentive that brings a clear return to our cities, state and nation.
The existence of the Federal HTC is under threat. Right now, the House Republican proposal for tax reform eliminates the historic tax credit. This is despite its success over its more than 35-year history of revitalizing small towns, creating jobs and increasing economic activity, all while returning more tax revenue to the Treasury than it costs. Losing the Federal HTC will make the state HTC that we all just worked to get back much less useful and cripple revitalization efforts in downtowns.
We need you to act now to contact your member of the U.S. House of Representatives and Senate and urge them to save the historic tax credit. Go to savingplaces.org for more information and to directly contact your members of Congress.
At REV, we also love seeing the added vibrancy on the street as patrons enjoy outdoor dining in our beautiful city. As indoor dining reopens, cities across the country are realizing that ending expanded outdoor dining could mean leaving money on the table.
Although the Greyhound Bus Terminal was renovated in the ’70s, many original elements of the building remained and have now been become historic highlights in the present-day adaptive reuse project. Join us on a photo tour of the historic space!
This is obviously good for downtown… but why *exactly*? Here’s REV President & CEO David Fleming’s take on what the move means for downtown Birmingham’s place in the world now and in the future.