Downtown Kirkwood Selected for Inclusion on National Register of Historic Places

Downtown Kirkwood Selected for Inclusion on National Register of Historic Places The National Park Service approved the Downtown Kirkwood Historic District for inclusion on the National Register of Historic Places in October 2009. Owners of buildings with historic integrity may be eligible for federal and state tax credits for qualified improvements to their buildings.

A national historic district designation for Downtown Kirkwood identifies and recognizes the value of buildings, structures, landscapes and sites that have historical, architectural and cultural significance. Historic preservation also contributes to the community's economic vitality through heritage tourism and the cascading effect of rehabilitation projects on local employment and commerce.

Listing in the National Register does not bring limitations or restrictive covenants. Owners are free to maintain, manage or dispose of their buildings as they chose (with the exception of local landmarks, as designated by the Kirkwood Landmarks Commission, which are subject to design review for improvements and/or demolition.)

The Kirkwood Special Business District and the City's Landmarks Commission collaborated to pursue historic recognition for the downtown historic area and inclusion on the Registry.

Business Incentives

The City of Kirkwood is ready to roll up its sleeves and work hand in hand with existing and potential businesses to expand or plant roots within our community. The cost of doing business can often mean a financial incentive is necessary to help a business achieve its desired outcome and the City of Kirkwood understands this reality.

The Missouri Department of Economic Development website contains a comprehensive listing and description of financial incentives available to eligible businesses. A few incentives that may be applicable to your project or business within Kirkwood include;

  • BUILD Program

  • Community Improvement District

  • Façade Improvement Program

  • Industrial Development Bonds

  • Manufacturing Jobs Program

  • Neighborhood Improvement District

  • PACE Financing

  • Sales Tax Rebate Agreement

  • SBA 504 Loans

  • Transportation Development District

  • Tax Increment Financing

 Kirkwood Utilities, Electric and Water, both offer incentives on a case by case basis.

The Kirkwood Electric Department reviews the load associated with a proposed building and the annual revenue associated with that load. Extension costs for new electric service may be waived up to 10% of the annual revenue associated with the building. This includes providing the transformer.

The Kirkwood Water Department will participate in cost-sharing for the upsizing of water mains in order to meet fire flow requirements.