The Guilford County Historic Preservation Commission has called a special meeting for 6 p.m. Monday, July 15, at 532-536 S. Elm St. to help decide whether to recommend “Landmark Designation” status for the Groom-Shevel Building at the corner of Lewis and South Elm streets in downtown Greensboro.

Among other tenants, that building houses Downtown Greensboro Inc.

If the Guilford County Historic Preservation Commission approves recommending the historic designation for the structure, the decision would move to the City of Greensboro which would have final say on the matter.  With a Landmark Designation, the building – owned by ZDC LLC – would gain special tax status and be subject to additional regulations about what type of renovations could be made.

Matt Talbott, the staff secretary of the historic preservation commission with the Guilford County Planning Department, said the building owners had requested the designation and added that if that status is granted future structural changes would need special approval to make sure the integrity of the historic status is preserved.

According to a meeting announcement from Benjamin Briggs, the chairman of the Guilford County Historic Preservation Commission, all citizens who wish to offer input on the matter will be given an opportunity to be heard by the board at the onsite meeting.

On Tuesday, July 16 the commission will hold a meeting at 6 p.m. in the Blue Room of the Old Guilford County Court House, where the board is expected to vote on the matter.