LANSING–The State Historic Preservation Office (SHPO) has awarded grants to two cities totaling $172,000, the Michigan Economic Development Corp. announced. The grants represent awards from the federal Historic Preservation Fund – Certified Local Government (CLG) program granted to the Michigan Strategic Fund and administered by the SHPO.
Certified Local Governments are counties, townships, cities or villages that partner with the State Historic Preservation Office and the National Park Service to preserve their historic and cultural resources. CLGs 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.
The city of Kalamazoo is receiving a $90,000 grant to hire a consultant who meets federal professional qualifications to undertake a complete reconnaissance-level Historic Resource Survey of the Edison Neighborhood. Located southeast of downtown Kalamazoo, the Edison Neighborhood is home to a diverse mix of residential, commercial, and industrial properties, many of which exceed 100 years old.
The Model T Automotive Heritage Complex Inc., in partnership with the city of Detroit, is receiving an $82,000 grant to hire a contractor to repair the floor decking and beams in sections 3B and 3C of the Ford Piquette Avenue Plant near New Center (pictured above). This National Historic Landmark-designated building is the first purpose-built factory of the Ford Motor Co. and was where the first Model T cars were produced in 1908. Today it is open to the public as the Ford Piquette Avenue Plant museum.
CLG grants are awarded annually on a competitive basis. Applicants may include active CLG communities or CLG communities in partnership with a non-profit organization or other public entity. The State Historic Preservation Office welcomes innovative proposals that promote historic preservation. The intent of the CLG grant program is to augment rather than replace existing local financial commitment to historic preservation activities. Grants are announced each year. For more information on CLG funding, visit www.michigan.gov/shpo.