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Campbell’s Department Store, 112 North Lafayette Street Shelby, Cleveland County

Constructed in 1927, Campbell’s was Shelby’s largest department store and remained in operation through 1955. The rehabilitation of this prominent three-story corner building in the Central Shelby Historic District has transformed the building into a residential design showroom on the ground floor and mezzanine, a special events venue on the second floor, and a residence on the third floor. This 2016-2018 project was spurred by the use of the federal and state income-producing historic tax credits with a private investment rehabilitation cost of $1.5 million.

Income tax incentives for the rehabilitation of historic structures are important tools for historic preservation and economic development in North Carolina, and keep us competitive with neighboring states. A federal income tax credit for the rehabilitation of historic structures first became available in 1976 and today consists of a 20% credit for the qualifying rehabilitation of income-producing historic properties.

• Since 1998 North Carolina has provided a piggyback tax credit for those taxpayers who receive the 20% income-producing federal tax credit. Currently the state income-producing tax credit ranges from *15 -25% to provide investors with combined state and federal tax credits against eligible project costs. In addition, the state currently provides *15% credit for the rehabilitation of non-incoming-producing historic properties, including private residences. (*State tax credits are capped per project.)

• Since the inception of the federal program in 1976 through December 2017, 3,665 completed "certified rehabilitation" projects have been reviewed by the N.C. State Historic Preservation Office, representing $2.57 billion of private investment in historic properties. The spinoff from all this activity includes job creation, downtown and neighborhood revitalization, improved community appearance, and greater community pride. Historic preservation is smart growth and smart investment. North Carolina is one of 35 states (of 43 who have a state income tax) that offers an incentive of a state piggyback historic tax credit in addition to the federal credits. In the National Park Service 35th Anniversary Report of the Federal Tax Incentives for Rehabilitating Historic Buildings, North Carolina was #4 in the nation in the number of completed historic rehabilitation tax credit projects according to a 10-year look at state-by-state certified project activity FY 2003-2012.

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