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Historic Preservation as a Catalyst for City Revitalization, Economic Development & Tourism Development

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Historic Preservation as a Catalyst for City Revitalization, Economic Development & Tourism Development
Bob Mitchell
Lisa Bergson
Anne Louro
Derek Santos

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Historic Preservation as a Catalyst for City Revitalization, Economic Development & Tourism Development

  1. 1. Historic Preservation as a Catalyst for City Revitalization,Economic Development & Tourism DevelopmentMassachusetts Association of Planning DirectorsAnnual Conference – New Bedford MAJune 9-10, 2011 Bob Mitchell FAICP, EOHED - Moderator Lisa Bergson, Executive Director, WHALEAnne Louro, Historic Preservation Planner, City of New BedfordDerek Santos, Director of Business Development, New BedfordEconomic Development Council
  2. 2. City of New Bedford ….Historic Preservation as a Catalyst for City Revitalization, EconomicDevelopment and Tourism Development
  3. 3. New Bedford’ s strongneighborhood identityand historic resources areour greatest economicassets
  4. 4. The Massachusetts Rehabilitative Tax CreditFrom 2004-2008:• $74 Million state tax credits leveraged nearly $1 billion inprivate investment & over 12,000 jobs.Since 2009:• 100 new projects sought $162 million in tax credits that wouldleverage $1.09 billion in private investment .The State program has revitalized the use of the Federal HistoricTax Credit in Massachusetts• In 2008, Massachusetts ranked #2 in the country with nearly$325 million in certified federal historic tax creditexpenditures.• Return to Mass in tax revenue: approximately $296.9 million.
  5. 5. Waterfront Historic Area LeaguE • WHALE
  6. 6.  Birth ofPreservationin New BedfordWaterfront Historic Area LeaguE • WHALE
  7. 7. “If you bulldoze your heritage,you become just anywhere.”– Sarah Delano, WHALE President 1966-1982 –
  8. 8. New Bedford Whaling National Historical Park
  9. 9. SOME OF WHALE’S “IMPOSSIBLE” PROJECTS
  10. 10. WHALE’s MissionWHALE saves historicbuildings in New Bedfordwhen no one else can!
  11. 11. BENJAMIN RODMAN HOUSE
  12. 12. ANDREW ROBESON HOUSE
  13. 13. MCCULLOUGH BUILDING
  14. 14. RODMAN CANDLEWORKS
  15. 15. GRINNELL MANSION
  16. 16. SUNDIAL BUILDING
  17. 17. Union Street Lofts
  18. 18. Union Street Lofts
  19. 19. 1834 Howland HouseSaved from demolitionand neglect!
  20. 20. 1834Howland Housec.1890 photo courtesy of Spinner Publication
  21. 21. 1834HowlandHouse
  22. 22. Howland House – Phase One
  23. 23. Howland House – Phase One
  24. 24. Phase One Stabilization Complete
  25. 25. Howland House – Phase One Complete
  26. 26. Phase 1A – Floor Repairs
  27. 27. Howland House
  28. 28. MEMBERS
  29. 29. Partnerships• City of New Bedford – Mayor Scott Lang• Secretary Galvin, Massachusetts HistoricalCommission – Emergency Grant for Acquisition• Foundation Grants- 1772 Foundation- Henry Crapo Foundation- Patrick Carney Foundation- Island Foundation• National Trust for Historic PreservationPreservation Massachusetts• Private Donations- 100% participation from Board/Staff- Members & Friends
  30. 30. Preservation ServicesTripp House – 24 Allen Street – CABH, Inc.
  31. 31. Preservation ServicesIngraham School
  32. 32. Advocacy State Historic Tax CreditDemolition Delay By-Law Vacant Property Ordinance Preservation as a critical component ofEconomic Development & Planning
  33. 33. PRESERVATION is a Tool for• Revitalization• Job Creation/Economic Development• Neighborhood Development /Revitalization• Heritage Tourism• Interesting Places for us to Live, Work,Play, and Learn
  34. 34. WHALE • Waterfront Historic Area LeaguE
  35. 35. Historic Preservation and Economic Development in New Bedford:A True Story!June 9, 2011Derek Santos, Director of Business DevelopmentNew Bedford Economic Development CouncilMassachusetts Association of Planning Directors2011 Annual ConferenceHistoric Preservation as a Catalyst for City Revitalization,Economic Development and Tourism
  36. 36. 10 Year Plan forSustainable Economic Development*Public Safety & Educational Attainment of CommunityEmergingSectorsCommunicationsPlanning&DevelopmentCatalyticProjectsWorkforceInvestmentExist.&SmallBusiness*NBEDC BOD 1.18.07
  37. 37. Private Investment $340MPublic Investment $57MJobs Retained 818Construction Jobs 16592006-2010: The First Five YearsFrom Strategy to ResultsTax Revenue Increase FY09 $557,347Jobs Created 1321
  38. 38. Massachusetts Gateway Cities*FY06-10 Average Rate of Growth**NewBedford**DOR Division of Local Services-1%-2%-0%1%2%3%4%5%PittsfieldFitchburgFallRiverWorcesterLawrenceHaverhillLowellSpringfieldBrockton*As defined by Mass Inc.
  39. 39. Planning Districts:• Business Park• Upper Harbor Development Plan• River walk• Acushnet Avenue Market Place• Hick-Logan-Sawyer Growth District• Harbor Master Plan Update• Quest Center/Armory Development• Route 18 Access Improvement• Downtown Land Use & Retail Plan• Downtown Action Plan• South End Gate Way• AirportCitywide Initiatives:• Comprehensive Master Plan• Mill Inventory• 2008-13 Open Space & Recreation Plan• 2008 Market & Economic Analysis• Streamlined Permitting• Priority Development Sites• Brownfield Assessment• Sustainable Development Guidelines• Commuter RailThoughtful Planning
  40. 40. Victoria Riverside$13M investment 65 construction jobs
  41. 41. Darnit! Manufacturing$2.2M investment 10 new jobs70 jobs retained
  42. 42. Cliftex North$12M investment 65 construction jobs
  43. 43. Cliftex South$25M investment 125 construction jobs
  44. 44. CITY OF NEW BEDFORDSCOTT W. LANG, MAYOR

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