Downtown Hamtramck is now a part of the
National Register of Historic Places
, a designation that should help the commercial district leverage more redevelopment dollars and maintain its classic character.
The historic district runs the length of Jos Campau Street between the GM Poletown plant to the south and close to Carpenter Street on the north end. "The historic district is a couple of streets short of that," says Jason Friedmann, director of community and economic development for the city of Hamtramck. "This is the area with the oldest buildings with the most character are located."
The Jos Campau Historic District encompasses about 200 buildings that are about 100 years old. Most of the them were constructed after the old Dodge Main Plant was built in the early 1900s. It joins the historic district around St. Florian Catholic Church
near the intersection of Jos Campau and Holbrook streets.
The Jos Campau Historic District is only a national historic district. That designation allows it to leverage national historic tax credits for redevelopment but doesn't come with the strict restrictions and oversights commonplace in local historic districts.
Source: Jason Friedmann, director of community and economic development for the city of Hamtramck
Writer: Jon Zemke
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