The City of Roswell is among seven Georgia municipalities chosen to receive federal grants totaling more than $90,000 to support historic preservation activities in their respective communities. Roswell’s $17,050 Historic Preservation Fund grant will be used to conduct an updated historic resources survey of the City’s Historic District.
“This survey is important for many reasons, not the least of which is the fact that all preservation activities—from National Register of Historic Places nominations to municipal or county historic preservation ordinances to basic preservation advocacy—begin with knowing what historic resources exist in our municipality,” said Julie Martin, Roswell City Planner and Historic Preservation Specialist.
Roswell has grown significantly since its last historic resources survey was conducted in 2000–2001, so this survey will provide a useful inventory accounting for changes in the built environment, fluctuating city boundaries, and advances in technology, such as GIS mapping and digital photography.
“And since so many years have passed since the City’s last survey, more of the City’s buildings have aged and could possibly be identified as ‘historic,’” explained Martin.
In addition to the City of Roswell, this year’s grant recipients include the cities of Atlanta, Hampton, Toccoa, Avondale Estates, Dublin, and Rome. The 2017 Historic Preservation Fund grants facilitate historic preservation planning initiatives and projects such as historic resource surveys, outreach efforts, and brick-and-mortar projects throughout the state. The grants are provided annually through the Historic Preservation Fund (HPF) of the U.S. Department of the Interior’s National Park Service and are administered by the Historic Preservation Division (HPD) of the Georgia Department of Natural Resources.
Each year, Georgia’s 95 Certified Local Governments (CLGs) are eligible to apply for these matching (60 percent federal/40 percent local) grants. To be eligible to become a federal Certified Local Government, a city or county must have passed a preservation ordinance and have established a historic preservation commission.
“The CLG program is one of our most important tools in promoting economic development focused on local historic resources. The communities participating in the program have taken the initiative to work to protect the historic resources that make their respective cities, or counties, truly special.” said Dr. David Crass, HPD Division Director.