Historic preservation projects receive investment of more than $165,000
FRANKFORT, Ky. (WTVQ/Press Release) – Ten projects in eight communities were recently awarded Kentucky Certified Local Government (CLG) Program grants.
These included two grants to the city of Covington, to complete an economic analysis of the historic preservation trades industry in Northern Kentucky and hire a consultant to develop curriculum and identify instructors and resources for a hands-on training program.
Eight participating communities shared grants totaling $98,731 for FY 2021-22, also including projects in Bardstown, Campbellsville, Danville, Frankfort, Horse Cave, Newport and Pikeville, with local matches of $66,314 in funding and in-kind services creating total investment of $165,045. The CLG program is administered by the Kentucky Heritage Council/State Historic Preservation Office (KHC), with grant funds allocated annually by the National Park Service to participating communities.
“Current grant awards include multiple historic resource surveys identifying historically under-represented neighborhoods of African American heritage, stakeholder education projects for local historic districts, tax credit workshops for property owners, professional training for local review boards, and hands-on skills training opportunities including cemetery restoration and plaster repair workshops,” said Dr. Orloff Miller, KHC’s CLG Program and Planning Coordinator.
“This can’t be done by a lone staff member or concerned citizen’s group; this is a statewide, long-term commitment implemented through the CLG program,” he said.
Proposed projects were approved in July by the Kentucky Heritage Council. Activities must directly support goals outlined in Kentucky’s state historic preservation plan, and those charged with training and implementing projects must adhere to the federal Secretary of the Interior’s Standards for the treatment of historic properties.
The projects included the following:
Bardstown – Protect and Preserve Preservation Workshops ($10,750 federal, $7,510 local match), to present two hands-on workshops focused on cemetery restoration and residential plaster repair, open to residents and the public. Expert instructors will be Jason Church, cemetery stone repair and restoration expert, and Eddie Black, a restoration contractor specializing in historic structures. These events will allow participants to meet with the city preservation coordinator and the Bardstown Historic Design Review Board to ask questions about the Bardstown Historic Design Review Guidelines and Certificate of Appropriateness (COA) process for work proposed to historic properties.
Campbellsville – Preservation Education Sessions ($2,763 federal, $1,849 local match), to hire a qualified consultant to present a series of public education sessions about the benefits of local historic district designation and steps necessary to become one, including information about rehab tax credits and listing in the National Register of Historic Places. Target audiences will include more than 180 residents in Campbellsville’s Residential Historic District as well as local officials, historians, developers, real estate professionals, and members of the Historic Preservation Commission, Planning and Zoning Commission, City Council, and Code Enforcement.
Covington – Economic Analysis of the Restoration Trades Industry in Covington ($15,242 federal, $10,161 local match), to complete an economic analysis of the Northern Kentucky (NKY) restoration trades industry and quantitatively establish the need for restoration skills training in Covington, the NKY region and nationally. The study will evaluate the availability of qualified practitioners in various disciplines and community needs that could be addressed by the establishment of a restoration trades school. This project will demonstrate how a trades training program could support local preservation efforts and economic development and will include measuring long-term success to help other cities to establish similar programs.
Covington – Trades Training Program and Curriculum Development ($23,162 federal, $15,441 local match), to retain a consultant to work directly with city staff and community volunteers to explore establishing a restoration trades program in Northern Kentucky. The consultant will identify local skilled tradespeople interested in teaching, organize instructor training, and survey equipment potentially available including through a partnership with the NKY Building Industry Association. Goals will also include assessing potential properties for hands-on training and establishing a skills lab at a historic home owned by the city. The project will also educate stakeholders on best practices for sustainable funding, program administration, and marketing the program to potential students.
Covington – Northern Kentucky Restoration Weekend ($5,500 federal, $3,800 local match), to partner with Newport and other Northern Kentucky communities to produce the 11th Annual Northern Kentucky Restoration Weekend (NKYRW). This free, multi-day educational event features a variety of sessions on topics of interest to historic property owners and preservation professionals. Programming and classes offered during this event are determined by an event planning group that consists of representatives of NKY CLG communities as well as local contractors, vendors, service providers, and product distributers. The project will result in at least two days of professional development workshops offering educational credits.
Danville – Central Danville Historic Building Survey ($2,112 federal, $1,408 local match), to hire a consultant to survey “donut hole” properties adjacent to several residential and commercial National Register Historic Districts in the central portion of the city composed of the East Main Street District, Commercial District, Lexington-Broadway District, McGrorty Avenue District and St. Mildred’s Court District. Thirty-six remaining structures have yet to be surveyed. Completing this survey may extend any of the current National Register boundaries or lead to combining some of these districts into a larger central district.
Frankfort – Local Historic Context Report for African American Heritage ($15,000 federal, $10,000 local match), to hire a consultant to develop a local historic context report relating to the city’s African American heritage. This document is intended to be an educational resource for the greater community, provide a framework by which to evaluate the significance of historic resources associated with the city’s African American community, and assist in determining the eligibility of these historic buildings and sites for the National Register of Historic Places.
Horse Cave – Historic Buildings Survey of African American Neighborhood ($18,203 local, $12,144 local match), to survey African American historic resources in the community that have never been documented. According to the grant proposal, this survey is needed because these buildings and sites have never been surveyed or documented on state inventory forms. Recording information regarding these buildings, sites and structures will expand understanding of local African American history, increase the number of historic resources identified within city limits and reveal how the African American community has grown and changed over the years.
Newport – Northern Kentucky Restoration Weekend ($3,000 federal, $2,000 local match), to implement the 11th Annual Northern Kentucky Restoration Weekend (NKYRW) in partnership with the city of Covington. This funding will offset costs for a keynote speaker, event programs, advertising posters and postcards for mailing, tablecloths and tables, and a meal at the AIA/AICP workshop. In partnership with other Northern Kentucky CLGs, Newport annually sponsors NKYRW as a free, multi-day educational event open to the public with classes, demonstrations and exhibits about various topics relating to historic preservation as well as workshops geared to preservation professionals.
Pikeville – Commission Assistance and Mentoring Program (CAMP), offered through the National Alliance of Preservation Commissions ($3,000 federal, $2,000 local match), for professional training geared to Architectural Board of Review members and local CLG staff to improve understanding of their duties and function of the local preservation program. CAMP is the signature training offered to CLG and preservation boards and includes two consecutive half-days with three trainers who cover the basics of board education. Topics include legal responsibilities, standards and guidelines, reviewing local Certificates of Appropriateness (COAs) for work proposed to historic properties, and recommending local historic district and National Register of Historic Places nominations to the city commission.
CLG designation offers a way for local governments to develop a comprehensive approach to historic preservation and promote the integration of preservation interests into the planning process. City and county-wide historic preservation commissions must become designated to qualify for the grants, made available through a federal Historic Preservation Fund pass-through to state historic preservation offices to assist their work in recognizing, protecting and saving historic places.
For more, contact Dr. Miller at 502-892-3606 or visit www.heritage.ky.gov.