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2020-21 CLG Funded Projects

FRANKFORT, Ky. (June 19, 2020) – The Kentucky Heritage Council (KHC), an agency within the Tourism, Arts and Heritage Cabinet, has distributed $93,501 in matching grants to eight designated Certified Local Government (CLG) communities for ten projects that will benefit local preservation and planning goals. KHC serves as the state historic preservation office.

Made possible by annual funding from the National Park Service, KHC has awarded grants to Bardstown, Bellevue, Covington, Danville, Frankfort, Metro Louisville, Paducah and Shelbyville. An additional $63,384 in committed funds and in-kind services make up the required 40% match, totaling an overall local investment of $157,335.

"As we focus on building a stronger Kentucky, it is critical that we ensure that we are doing our part to support local communities," said Gov. Andy Beshear. "Investing in historic preservation allows our communities to reap the economic benefits of tourism by attracting more travelers to the unique attractions and heritage that Kentucky has to offer."

Funding will be used to survey and document properties in four historic neighborhoods, support educational programming and professional development, and nominate a historic pedestrian bridge to the National Register of Historic Places.

"The spirit of Kentucky history and heritage can be found in communities all across the commonwealth," said Tourism, Arts and Heritage Cabinet Secretary Mike Berry. "Our cabinet believes these communities can flourish by investing in historic preservation that will foster economic growth through travel and tourism."

2020-21 Certified Local Government Program funded projects are:

  • Bardstown, Protect and Preserve Workshops;
  • Bellevue, Historic Districts Mailer/Brochure;
  • Bellevue, Northern Kentucky Restoration Weekend;
  • Bellevue, Van Vost Avenue Truss Bridge National Register Nomination;
  • Covington, Northern Kentucky Restoration Weekend;
  • Danville, Lexington-Broadway National Register Historic District Update;
  • Frankfort, Professional Development; 
  • Louisville, Metro Council District 21 Historic Resources Survey;
  • Paducah, Northside Neighborhood Survey and National Register Nomination; and
  • Shelbyville, Martinsville Neighborhood Survey and National Register Assessment.

The Kentucky Heritage Council approved the grant awards earlier this year and activities must directly support goals outlined in A Map Made of Memory: Kentucky's State Historic Preservation Plan, 2017-2021. Those charged with training and implementing projects must adhere to the Secretary of the Interior's Standards for the treatment of historic properties.

"We are encouraged that during this time of uncertainty, communities are taking the opportunity to prepare for the future when the economic benefits of historic preservation can be fully realized, and these grants help lay the necessary groundwork," said Vicki Birenberg, AICP, KHC planning and CLG Program coordinator. "It's a fitting way to recognize communities for their continued hard work and stewardship of local historic resources."

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 meet five broad standards to earn designation and qualify for the grants.

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2020-21 Project Descriptions

Bardstown Protect and Preserve Workshops (federal share $10,552, match committed $7,510), for two educational workshops, tentatively scheduled for spring 2021. One would feature Jason Church, materials conservator from the National Center for Preservation Technology and Training, to conduct a session on cemetery preservation. This has been extremely popular in the past and has drawn participants from neighboring states. A second workshop would focus on box gutter repair. The workshops will also allow the public to meet with the local historic preservation coordinator, RaShae Jennings, and learn about the Certificate of Appropriateness process and local design review in Bardstown's historic district. Supports State Plan Goals 3.3, 3.6, 4.8.

Bellevue Historic Districts Mailer/Brochure (federal share $1,116, match committed $766), to develop and print an educational brochure that will be mailed to owners of properties in the Taylor's Daughters and Fairfield Avenue historic districts, totaling nearly 700 properties. Additional brochures will be available to the general public, provided at speaking engagements and special events, and distributed to local realtors. The brochure will be full color with a print run of 1,000 copies. The focus will be to increase awareness and pride of owning a property in one of Bellevue's local historic districts, increase knowledge about preservation and the Certificate of Appropriateness process, and generate support for local historic preservation efforts. Supports State Plan Goals 1.2, 2.4, 3.3, 4.8.

Bellevue Northern Kentucky Restoration Weekend (federal share $3,000, match committed $2,771), for the city in partnership with the cities of Covington and Newport to produce the 10th annual Northern Kentucky Restoration Weekend in March 2021, featuring two dozen one-hour educational sessions as well as hands-on demonstrations by preservation tradespeople on topics of interest to historic property owners. The event also includes a second day dedicated to professional development for planners and architects, who can earn AIA and AICP continuing education credits. All sessions are free to the public and will likely be held at the Newport Intermediate School. This event is highly anticipated and draws hundreds of participants each year. CLG grant assistance is supplemented with financial and volunteer support from a variety of sponsors. Supports State Plan Goals 3.3, 3.6, 4.8.

Bellevue Truss Bridge National Register Nomination (federal share $3,500, match committed $2,341), to hire a consultant to develop a nomination to the National Register of Historic Places for a historic pedestrian bridge located on Van Vost Avenue near the city building. Built in the early 1900s, this bridge is a significant example of a historic riveted truss bridge with an uncommon detail of v-lacing on the top of its built-up top chord and end posts. The bridge is unusual because it sits on a stone pier at one end and steel bents at the other. The city also intends to use the report to assist with local designation of this highly used, iconic structure. Supports State Plan Goals: 1.1, 1.4, 4.9.

Covington Northern Kentucky Restoration Weekend (federal share $5,500, match committed $3,712), to produce the 10th annual Northern Kentucky Restoration Weekend in March 2021. See description under Bellevue, above.

Danville Survey Project (federal share $6,180, minimum match required $4,120), to conduct a historic and architectural survey of a portion of the Lexington-Broadway National Register Historic District and areas adjacent. The current period of significance ends in the 1930s and there were a number of resources, including commercial buildings, built shortly after that time period that were not included in the district boundaries as well as a number of buildings determined to be noncontributing. This survey update for approximately 70 buildings will allow the district's period of significance and the boundaries to be re-evaluated and potentially expanded. It will also assist with local preservation planning objectives. Supports State Plan Goals 1.1, 1.4, 4.9.

Frankfort Professional Development (federal share $3,000, minimum match required $2,000), to send the senior community planner to a historic preservation conference for professional development. The selection of which conference has not been determined yet, and the city is requesting funds in anticipation of making that decision at a later date. Supports State Plan Goals 2.4, 5.3.

Louisville Metro Historic Resources Survey (federal share $24,999, match committed $16,667), to continue the city's ongoing historic resources survey efforts. This grant would fund the survey of approximately 2,000 resources in Metro Council District 21, located in the southern portion of Louisville Metro. This is an area experiencing accelerated redevelopment, and there is increasing interest in preserving historic resources in the neighborhood. The current councilwoman for this district, Nicole George, is highly supportive of this project. Supports State Plan Goals 1.1, 4.9.

Paducah Northside Survey and National Register Nomination (federal share $22,500, match committed $15,000), to complete a survey and National Register nomination for approximately 455 properties in the Northside neighborhood, which is comprised of historic resources dating from the early to mid-20th century. This neighborhood is in a designated Opportunity Zone and is expected to see increased development activity. Supports State Plan Goals 1.1, 1.4, 4.9.

Shelbyville Historic Resources Survey (federal share $13,155, minimum match required $8,947), to complete an 11-block survey of the Martinsville neighborhood, a historically African American community with approximately 125 buildings. The city wishes to update existing survey records and evaluate whether the existing National Register boundaries might be expanded to include this neighborhood, or alternatively, this survey will help determine whether a new National Register district is an appropriate project to pursue. Supports State Plan Goals 1.1, 3.2, 4.9.