Four Michigan communities awarded $112,000 in historic preservation grants

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April 3, 2017

LANSING, Mich. – Detroit, Franklin, Kalamazoo and Northville have been collectively awarded $112,000 in Certified Local Government (CLG) grants for historic preservation, the State Historic Preservation Office (SHPO) at the Michigan State Housing Development announced today.

“Certified Local Governments are communities that have taken extra steps to preserve their historic properties,” said State Historic Preservation Officer Brian Conway. “There are 30 CLG communities in Michigan that are benefitting from public officials who view historic resources as assets and have committed to preserving them. Because of this commitment, the communities qualify to apply for federal Historic Preservation Fund grants each year.”

The CLG grant program is intended to augment existing local financial support for historic preservation activities. All grants must be matched with local funds and are only made available on a reimbursement basis. SHPO encourages innovative proposals that promote historic preservation and can show measurable results.

This year’s grantees are:

City of Detroit, $24,000
This grant will be used to hire a federally qualified consultant to prepare a National Register of Historic Places nomination for Philip A. Hart Plaza in Detroit. This multi-resource district will include an inventory of all the features of Hart Plaza, including buildings, structures, objects and intentional landscapes.

Village of Franklin, $10,000 
This grant will be used to further the rehabilitation and improve the energy efficiency of the Daniel Broughton House, currently used as the Franklin Village Hall, through the rehabilitation of the building's historic windows and the repair and installation of wooden exterior storm windows.

City of Kalamazoo, $54,000 
This grant will be used to hire a federally qualified consultant to create written plans and specifications for the rehabilitation of the Fountain of the Pioneers complex in historic Bronson Park.

City of Northville, $24,000
This grant will be used to hire a federally qualified consultant to conduct an intensive-level survey of the existing Northville Historic District. The data collected will revise a 1970s survey in order to provide more up-to-date information to the Northville Historic District Commission and the city planning office. The consultant will also prepare a new National Register of Historic Places Registration form for the historic district based on the survey update.

CLGs are counties, townships or cities that partner with SHPO and the National Park Service to preserve their historic and cultural resources. These entities demonstrate ongoing commitment to historic preservation through the enactment of a historic preservation ordinance, the formation of a historic district commission, the ongoing survey and designation of properties, and public education.

For more information on CLG funding, visit www.michigan.gov/shpo and click on Projects and Programs, then Certified Local Government Program. CLG grants are awarded each spring on a competitive basis.

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The State Historic Preservation Office (SHPO) is financed in part by a grant from the National Park Service, Department of Interior. The opinions expressed herein do not necessarily reflect those of the Department of the Interior. The Department of the Interior prohibits discrimination on its federally funded assistance programs.  If you believe you've been discriminated against please contact the Office of Equal Opportunity, National Park Service, 1849 C. St. NW, Washington DC 20240.

The State Historic Preservation Office is part of the Michigan State Housing Development Authority (MSHDA), which provides financial and technical assistance through public and private partnerships to create and preserve decent, affordable housing for low- and moderate-income residents and to engage in community economic development activities to revitalize urban and rural communities.

*MSHDA's loans and operating expenses are financed through the sale of tax-exempt and taxable bonds as well as notes to private investors, not from state tax revenues. Proceeds are loaned at below-market interest rates to developers of rental housing, and help fund mortgages and home improvement loans. MSHDA also administers several federal housing programs. For more information, visit www.michigan.gov/mshda.