RE: National Register of Historic Places Historic District for the City of Negaunee
The City Council approved a resolution Thursday evening allowing City Manager Nate Heffron to engage with the Michigan Economic Development Corporation (MEDC) for the purpose of researching the necessary steps in order to obtain a National Register of Historic Places Historic District Designation, development of a strategic plan and course of action for achievement of this designation, and facilitation of such application, scope of work, and supportive documents to the council.
If approved by the MEDC, the City and the MEDC will solicit the assistance of Jessica Flores of Preservation Forward in determining such steps toward developing a strategic plan, identifying action items toward the strategic plan, and assisting the City with any related items 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.
Furthermore, this resolution sets the parameters in obtaining formal recognition and approval by the City Council prior to any application submission and directs that any such efforts in developing this strategic plan to involve “maximum public participation”.
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:
Community Assistance Team Specialist
Michigan Economic Development Corporation
300 N. Washington Square
Lansing, MI 48913
Jessica Flores, MSHP, LEED GA
Principal, Preservation Forward
PO Box 4490
East Lansing, MI 48826