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Most of Lakeside neighborhood listed in National Register of Historic Places

A large portion of the Lakeside neighborhood has been listed as a historic district in the National Register of Historic Places. (News-Sentinel.com file photo)

A large portion of the Lakeside neighborhood just east of downtown Fort Wayne has been listed in the National Register of Historic Places.

The historic district is bounded roughly by St. Joseph Boulevard on the west, Edgewater Avenue on the south, Tennessee Avenue on the north, and Crescent and California avenues on the east.

The district includes 444 buildings, most of which are homes or apartment buildings. The area was platted for development in 1890.

The Northside Neighborhood Association, which includes the Lakeside area, asked the city of Fort Wayne to pursue National Register nomination for a Lakeside Historic District. The nomination was approved previously by the city’s Historic Preservation Commission.

National Register designation doesn’t prevent property owners from remodeling, but it does create some options for tax incentives and grants. It also gives property owners a stronger voice on federally funded construction projects impacting their area.

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