Historic preservation projects receive an investment of over $ 165,000
FRANKFORT, Ky. (WTVQ / Press Release) – Ten projects in eight communities recently received grants from the Kentucky Certified Local Government (CLG) program.
These included two grants to the town of Covington, to conduct an economic analysis of the historic preservation trades industry in northern Kentucky and hire a consultant to develop a program and identify instructors and resources for a hands-on training program.
Eight participating communities shared grants totaling $ 98,731 for fiscal year 2021-2022, also including projects in Bardstown, Campbellsville, Danville, Frankfort, Horse Cave, Newport and Pikeville, with local matching funds of $ 66,314 in funding. and in-kind services creating a total investment of $ 165,045. The CLG program is administered by the Kentucky Heritage Council / State Historic Preservation Office (KHC), with grants awarded annually by the National Park Service to participating communities.
“Current grants include several historic resource surveys identifying historically underrepresented neighborhoods of African American heritage, stakeholder education projects for local historic neighborhoods, tax credit workshops for landowners, professional training for local review boards and hands-on training opportunities, including cemetery restoration and plaster repair workshops, ”said Dr Orloff Miller, CLG program and planning coordinator at KHC.
“It cannot be done by a single staff member or a group of concerned citizens; this is a long term statewide commitment implemented under the CLG program, ”he said.
The proposed projects were approved in July by the Kentucky Heritage Council. Activities must directly support the goals outlined in the Kentucky State Historic Preservation Plan, and those responsible for training and implementing projects must adhere to the Federal Home Secretary’s standards for processing 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, expert in cemetery stone repair and restoration, and Eddie Black, restoration contractor specializing in historic structures. These events will allow attendees to meet with the City Preservation Coordinator and the Bardstown Historic Design Review Board to ask questions about the guidelines for the Bardstown Historic Design Review and the Bardstown Certificate process. suitability (COA) for the proposed work to historic properties.
Campbellville – Preservation education sessions ($ 2,763 federal, $ 1,849 local correspondence), to hire a qualified consultant to present a series of public education sessions on the benefits of local historic district designation and the steps needed to become one, including information on tax credits for rehabilitation and registration in the National Register of Historic Places. The target audience will include more than 180 residents of the historic residential district of Campbellsville, as well as local officials, historians, developers, real estate professionals and members of the Historic Preservation Commission, Planning and Planning Commission. zoning, city council and code enforcement.
Covington – Economic Analysis of the Catering Trades Industry in Covington ($ 15,242 federal, local correspondence $ 10,161), to conduct an economic analysis of the northern Kentucky (NKY) food service industry and quantitatively establish the need for foodservice skills training in Covington, the NKY region and nationwide. The study will assess the availability of qualified practitioners in various disciplines and the needs of the community that could be met through the establishment of a catering trades school. This project will demonstrate how a trades training program could support local preservation efforts and economic development and include measuring long-term success to help other cities establish similar programs.
Covington – Trades training program and curriculum development ($ 23,162 federal, $ 15,441 local twinning), to retain the services of a consultant to work directly with municipal staff and community volunteers to explore the creation of a restaurant trade program in northern Kentucky. The consultant will identify local artisans interested in teaching, organize the training of instructors and assess potentially available equipment, including through a partnership with the NKY Building Industry Association. Objectives will also include the assessment of potential properties for hands-on training and the establishment of a skills lab in a historic town-owned house. The project will also educate stakeholders on best practices in sustainable funding, program administration and program marketing to potential students.
Covington – Northern Kentucky Dining Weekend ($ 5,500 federal, $ 3,800 local game), partnered with Newport and other communities in northern Kentucky to produce the 11e Annual Northern Kentucky Restoration Weekend (NKYRW). This free multi-day educational event offers a variety of sessions on topics of interest to owners of historic properties and preservation professionals. The programming and classes offered at this event are determined by an event planning group made up of representatives from the NKY CLG communities as well as local contractors, suppliers, service providers and product distributors. The project will result in at least two days of professional development workshops offering educational credits.
Danville – Survey of historic buildings in downtown Danville ($ 2,112 federal, local match of $ 1,408), to hire a consultant to investigate “donut hole” properties adjacent to several historic residential and commercial districts of the National Register in the central part of town consisting of the East district Main Street, Commercial District, Lexington- Broadway District, McGrorty Avenue District and St. Mildred’s Court District. Thirty-six remaining structures have yet to be studied. Carrying out this survey may extend one of the current boundaries of the National Register or lead to the merger of some of these districts into a larger central district.
Frankfurt – Local Historical Context Report for African American Heritage ($ 15,000 federal, $ 10,000 local matching), to hire a consultant to develop a local historical context report relating to the city’s African-American heritage. This document is intended to be an educational resource for the entire community, to provide a framework for assessing the significance of historical resources associated with the city’s African American community, and to help determine the eligibility of these historic buildings and sites in the national register. historic places.
Horse cave – African-American Quarter Historic Buildings Survey ($ 18,203 local, $ 12,144 local correspondence), to study the community’s African-American historical resources that have never been documented. According to the grant proposal, this investigation is necessary 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 historical resources identified within city limits, and reveal how the African American community has grown and changed. over the years.
Newport – Northern Kentucky Dining Weekend ($ 3,000 federal, $ 2,000 local counterpart), to implement the 11e Annual Northern Kentucky Restoration Weekend (NKYRW) in partnership with the City of Covington. This funding will offset the costs of a keynote speaker, event programs, mailing advertising posters and postcards, tablecloths and tables, and a meal at the AIA / AICP workshop. In partnership with other CLGs in Northern Kentucky, Newport annually sponsors NKYRW as a free multi-day educational event open to the public with classes, demonstrations and exhibits on various topics related to historic preservation as well as workshops for preservation professionals.
Pikeville – Commission Assistance and Mentoring Program (CAMP), offered through the National Alliance of Preservation Commissions ($ 3,000 federal, $ 2,000 local matching), for professional training for members of the Architectural Board of Review and local staff of the CLG to improve understanding of their duties and the function of the local preservation program. CAMP is the signature training offered to CLGs and preservation councils and includes two consecutive half days with three trainers who cover the basics of council training. Topics include legal responsibilities, standards and guidelines, reviewing local Certificates of Suitability (COAs) for proposed work at historic properties, and recommending nominations from the local Historic District and the National Register of Historic Places to the city commission.
The CLG designation provides a means for local governments to develop a comprehensive approach to historic preservation and to promote the integration of preservation interests into the planning process. City and county-wide historic preservation commissions must be designated to be eligible for grants, made available through a federal historic preservation fund forwarded to state historic preservation offices to assist them in their work of recognizing, protecting and safeguarding historic places.
For more information, contact Dr. Miller at 502-892-3606 or visit www.heritage.ky.gov.