Dollars and Sense of Building Rehabilitation- Steubenville 4.11.14

Heritage Ohio is proud to announce another educational workshop to help individuals and communities understand the tools available for historic buildings.  Our next Dollars and Sense Workshop will be held in Steubenville on April 11th.  This workshop is located to be central to much of eastern Ohio.  To view the agenda click Dollars and Sense of Building Rehabilitation

Dollars and Sense of Rehabilitation

Heritage Ohio is again offering a series of workshops to help individuals and communities understand the historic building rehabilitation process.

We will be offering four workshops during 2014. Participants will have the opportunity to visit with representatives from Ohio Development Services Agency and the Ohio Historic Preservation Office. We will have a building owner share their experience in using historic tax credits, and other professionals involved in successful rehabilitation projects.

The next workshops will be:
February 24 in Dayton
April 11 in Steubenville
August 8 in Findlay
October 13 in Portsmouth

Appalachia Heritage 3 Minute Success Story Nominations

The Appalachia Heritage Luncheon was conceived by Ohio’s Hill Country Heritage Area and Heritage Ohio as an opportunity to share the many diverse successes that highlight the past and future of Ohio’s Appalachia Region.  Selected project representatives each present their projects’ story, providing exposure to many successes in Appalachia.

Nominations are now being accepted to present 3-minute success stories of projects which have created, enhanced, preserved and/or improved the value and understanding of Ohio’s Appalachia Heritage, and as a result improved quality of life,  created meaningful employment or entrepreneurial opportunities to be presented at the 2014 Appalachia Heritage Luncheon, held in the Ohio’s Capital Building Rotunda.

To nominate a project fill out this form Appalachia Heritage Success Stories Nomination Form

Jeff Speck Walkable Cities Webinar January 15th


We’re excited to start our 2014 Webinar Series with a nationally recognized speaker, Jeff Speck, author of Walkable City: How Downtown Can Save America, One Step at a Time. His book delves into the practices that have become entrenched in our society, and he discusses what REALLY works to make out cities more livable. Speck is a city planner and architectural designer who, through writing, lectures, and built work, advocates internationally for smart growth and sustainable design. As Director of Design at the National Endowment for the Arts from 2003 through 2007, he oversaw the Mayors’ Institute on City Design and created the Governors’ Institute on Community Design, a federal program that helps state governors fight suburban sprawl.

Heritage Ohio webinars are a benefit of membership. Click here to join Heritage Ohio

Heritage Ohio members may register for the webinar HERE

Special Improvement Districts- Rescheduled for August 28

Heritage Ohio members are invited to join Mark Lammon from the Downtown Cleveland Alliance for a discussion about Special Improvement Districts.  This webinar will have three parts 1) creation of a special improvement district and technical assistance; 2) managing the relationship and implementing the district plan; and 3) expansion and relationships outside of the SID.  To register members should click HERE

The Dollars and Sense of Rehabilitation: A Community Approach

Workshop Added   Lebanon August 27, 2013

Join us for this workshop which prepares both the community and building owners to succeed at rehabilitating historic buildings.
Learn about building codes from an architect, hear a building owners testimonial to her experience, learn more about financing and structuring the deals and more about some of the funding options that are available including historic tax credits.

This workshop is designed for building owners, city staff and revitalization enthusiasts.

Link HERE to review the agenda and register.

The Dollars and Sense of Building Rehabilitation- Athens August 12, 2013

For communities and building owners who want to know more about successful building rehabilitation.

First the community needs to set the stage, and create an environment where building rehabilitation is understood and encouraged.

Second, building owners need to understand how to deal with historic buildings and what tools are available to help.

Learn how you can be more successful at rehabilitating your historic buildings.

Register for this workshop HERE

The Sweetest Things About Historic Preservation- Happy Valentines Day Preservationists!

1. The long forgotten buildings. I can’t get enough of touring decrepit forgotten pits on the verge of falling down, they all have a story, a history, people who built them, people who occupied them, the joys and sorrows expressed there. Who turned the key the day it was shuttered and walked away for the last time?

2. The rehabilitated buildings. I can’t get enough of touring the restored buildings, by the people who brought them back to life, the pride, incredible artistry and ingenuity once abandoned now restored.  Places reborn for a new generation express so much hope and optimism.

3. Historic Theaters. I enjoy a lot of building types: barns, courthouses, schools, etc., but I do have a special soft spot for historic theaters.  Theaters need the drama that historic interiors provide whether for music, cinema, or theater…they transport the experience of entertainment.

4. Historic Tax Credits.  I will always support the incentives that put buildings back in circulation adding to our economy.  I want to recruit new building owners to take advantage of the 10% or 20% federal credit and the 25% Ohio credit. You can do it!

5. Architects. The professionals with the vision to see what can be, and draw the vision so the rest of us can see it too. (and my husband is an architect -so I am sweet on him)

6. The Hidden Materials. Treasures uncovered! When old wallpaper is revealed or the scars of an old stairwell, the old light fixtures found in the attic, is that discovery not just the sweetest feeling ever?

7. Heritage Tourism. I have never traveled anywhere that I wasn’t checking out the houses, popping into public and commercial buildings just to see what is inside.  I do plan my vacations around unique places to visit because they have retained integrity and inspiration.

8. Preservation Organizations. Whether local, national, or a statewide preservation organization, we are all working together so that we will have stronger cities, states and a stronger nation because we know who we are and we know our sense of place.

9. Main Street Approach. I can’t get enough of visiting our Main Street communities and meeting the volunteers and managers who give their heart and souls to their community, banding together to make their town a special place, they are so inspiring !

10. Preservation People.  I can’t get enough of meeting and collaborating with those who are community minded, selflessly trying to make the world a place worth living. The people I meet in communities or at the national conferences who immediately “get you” and your passion, because they have it too.


Iconic historic communities, do they deserve historic protection?

Tonight a big decision is being made  on a  local historic district, which presents a good moment to reflect on our opinion regarding the issue.

Design review is an overlay, designed to protect property values – a property rights issue!  In recent years opponents to design review have twisted the same language with success, it is about property rights, “I have the right to do whatever I want” …regardless of its impact on neighbors and their property values.

Tonight Mackinac Island will decide whether or not to enact a historic district with design review.  That’s right; Mackinac Island the quaint historic isle in northern Michigan which has 1 million visitors annually via its heritage tourism economy has no “protection.”

Free of automobiles since 1898 to protect the charm, but not so for their built environment.  Between 1970 and 2000 over 100 buildings were torn down. Cheap contemporary intrusions, vinyl siding and the like is allowed and proliferates.  In 2008, the National Park Service put the island’s National Landmark status on a watch list, because there is no protection for historic structures and integrity is eroding.  Last year the 125 year-old McNally Cottage on Main Street was torn down and a new motel was built (a design that many of us might question as being compatible).  Now another large modern hotel is proposed to be built at the dock, large enough to block the view as you come onto the island.  If it matters, by an investor who doesn’t live on the island.

If your economy was based on heritage tourism would you really leave it up to chance?  Are they so confident that visitors will continue to come regardless of the historic integrity?

Truly the make-up of a community is not only about how much money can be made. Remember in “It’s a Wonderful Life” when Bedford Falls changed to Pottersville? Integrity is an issue for people, businesses and communities, particularly when being marketed as a historic community.

Ohio has 71 National Historic Landmark sites, see HERE, three of those are communities, Glendale, Mount Pleasant, and Mariemont, each have historic district review to protect the assets that define their community.

New developments use design review as do historic developments,  to maintain property values, and in tourist destinations such as Charleston SC to protect the economy of the region as a whole.

What do you think ?

For the National Trust’s 10 Steps to Establish a Local Historic District link HERE


Ohio CDBG Proprosal Reinstates Downtown Grants in 2014

In February 2012 the Ohio Department of Development, Office of Community Development announced that they were suspending the downtown grants program, funded by CDBG monies. During the spring and summer of 2012, in addition to various testimony and hearings, the department put out a call for public participation to help shape the priorities for the use of dwindling CDBG appropriations. From that appeal, ten groups of eight were formed. There was a broad range of participation from elected officials, planning and community development staff, consultants, and both Joyce Barrett and Jeff Siegler from Heritage Ohio participated in separate work groups. These groups discussed the effectiveness of programs and needs of communities; how money was applied for, used and reported; what dollars were “formula” and which were grant driven; the thresholds that should be required, all within the context of the goals of and eligible activities of federal CDBG money. I think we all learned a lot about new areas.
In July the ten groups made presentations based on proposed ways to combine eliminate or create new programs. These people were genuinely interested in seeing that your limited federal tax dollars are maximized in Ohio to help low income populations and eliminate slum in blight in communities.
The recently renamed: Ohio Development Services Agency, Office of Community Development took into consideration large volumes of suggestions, sorting and combining ideas that had common themes. Their CDBG Steering Committee met again in early October to review preliminary program design. The GOOD NEWS DOWNTOWN GRANTS ARE COMING BACK! Thanks to Heritage Ohio and many advocates from around the state, we were able to make the case that rebuilding the downtowns is critical to the health of a community. We do want to leverage private sector development and create a stronger tax base through increases in income, property and sales tax. All of which happen within downtown revitalization.
Heritage Ohio extends our appreciation for the Development Services Agency mobilizing a lot of community coordination to redesign their programs so that they will be effective and get the most bang for the buck here in Ohio.

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