“ Historic preservation” refers to a decision-making process. Simply put, it means taking the full value of a particular piece of property into consideration when making choices about its future – not only including its ability to generate an income, but also its connection to its neighboring properties and to the community as a whole.
“ Historic preservation” does not usually mean attempting to save every element of the past. Such an effort would not only be impossible, it would likely prove counter-productive. It does mean using this decision-making process as owners and as communities to maximize opportunities for economic development and a high quality of life.
President Obama's $780 billion stimulus package seeks to create 3.5 million jobs, at a cost of $223,000 per job. But the existing 20 percent federal tax credit for historic preservation can spur economic development at a cost of only $6,873 per job!
It is what makes an object unique that also makes it marketable. A community therefore becomes marketable for investment when it is unique – and downtown represents any community’s largest unique attribute.
There are also several other communities that have historic preservation or design/architectural review districts in their downtown areas, several of which are Certified Local Governments. These include:
Canal Fulton, Canfield, Dublin, Galion, Madison, Olmstead Falls, Oxford, Parma, Springboro, Steubenville, Waynesville, Salem, Willoughby, Zanesville, Mount Gilead
Unlike Shelby, Bucyrus and Ashland, there is no NRHD in Downtown Mansfield
Individual properties – Bissman Block, City Mills, The Colonial, Hancock & Dow Building, Mansfield Savings Bank, May Building, Mechanics Building & Loan, Ohio Theatre, Richland Trust Building, Soldiers & Sailors Memorial Building, Voegele Building, several others along Park Avenue West
Possible consideration might be given to certification of the Central Park Historic District
What buildings are eligible? Listed individually on the NRHP, certified as contributing to a NRHD, certified as contributing to a historic district under a Certified Local Government, or “…individually listed as a local landmark by a Certified Local Government.”
Properties in the Central Park Historic District are therefore eligible.
The City of Mansfield can also individual list a building under its ordinance outside of a district, thereby creating eligibility for use of the credit.
Certified Local Government grants – Mansfield is eligible – 70/30 available for 2009; can include acquisition and development of properties listed on the NRHP, as well as planning, survey work, staff work for preservation ordinances, public education, “pre-development” work
Capital Appropriations Bill
NTHP, including Community Investment Corporation
Preserve America, Save America’s Treasures
“ Macro grants” – CDBG, Small Downtown/ODOD, transportation enhancement funding
Most stimulus funding reaching downtowns will come through increased CDBG or transportation enhancement funding
Ohio Department of Development made funds available for brownfield remediation, with priority given for asbestos removal in “historic buildings” (deadline for submission was March 30, may have future rounds)
$5 billion Weatherization program funded by stimulus – funds can be used for restoration/repair for residential structures (including multi-unit)