The Department of Talent and Economic Development has approved funding for technical assistance to the City of Negaunee for the pursuit of a National Register of Historic Places Historic District Designation. Technical assistance will also include education for community members and city staff on historic preservation as a tool for economic development. In addition, the City of Negaunee will have the opportunity to work directly with a historic preservation professional who will assist the City with a strategic plan for its historic resources as a catalyst for future reinvestment within the downtown. Funds will derive though the Project Empire initiative with the total investment around $45 thousand dollars.
Jessica Flores of Preservation Forward, a historic preservation professional who specializes in the rehabilitation of the historic built environment, will facilitate this initiative on behalf of the City of Negaunee in order to achieve the City’s goal to have the downtown listed on the National Register of Historic Places.
The National Park Service administers the National Register of Historic Places. The National Register of Historic Places is the official list of the Nation’s historic places worthy of preservation. Authorized by the National Historic Preservation Act of 1966, the National Park Service’s National Register of Historic Places is part of a national program to coordinate and support public and private efforts to identify, evaluate, and protect America’s historic and archeological resources. Listing in the National Register of Historic Places provides formal recognition of a property’s historical, architectural, or archeological significance based on national standards used by every state. In addition to honorific recognition, listing in the National Register has the following results for historic properties:
• Becoming part of the National Register Archives, a public, searchable database that provides a wealth of research information.
• Encouraging preservation of historic resources by documenting a property’s historic significance. National Register designation also provides opportunities for specific preservation incentives, such as: federal preservation grants for planning and rehabilitation, federal investment tax credits, preservation easements to nonprofit organizations, International Building Code fire and life safety code alternatives, and possible state tax benefit and grant opportunities.
City Manager Nate Heffron is excited to work with members of the community, downtown property owners, and local stakeholders involved and will be establishing a committee to partner with Jessica Flores throughout this lengthy process. Jessica Flores has worked with hundreds of local governments and community members in order to strengthen the role of historic preservation in communities across Michigan. She understands the importance of a place and easily connects with the folks who love their place. At this time neither the boundaries of the district or parameters for establishing this district have been determined. More information concerning this committee will be forthcoming.
Questions concerning this release or attached resolution may be directed to the attention of the City Manger, Nate Heffron at (906) 475-7700 ext. 11.
Further contacts provided:
Michigan Economic Development Corporation
300 N. Washington Square
Lansing, MI 48913
Principal, Preservation Forward
PO Box 4490
East Lansing, MI 48826
Also reported in The Mining Journal.