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Franklin Hotel Gets Historic District Status from City

Kent council votes to create historic district enveloping single building downtown

The old Franklin Hotel in downtown Kent is officially a historic building — at least locally.

Members of voted unanimously Wednesday night to declare the five-story landmark "a local historic property."

The vote is one step in a process that requires state approval to establish a state-sanctioned historic district that, for the moment, only includes the old hotel. The label, in short, would bring with it tax credits to aid in the building's restoration.

Local developer and philanthropist Ron Burbick, who late last year, believes for both state and federal tax credits and historic designation.

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