News Release 124

St. Charles and Kirkwood will receive federal grants for historic preservation projects

Volume 39-124 (For Immediate Release)
For more information: 573-751-1010

JEFFERSON CITY, MO., APRIL 22, 2011—The cities of St. Charles and Kirkwood, both Certified Local Governments, will receive grants through the federal Historic Preservation Fund, the Missouri Department of Natural Resources announced today.

St. Charles will receive a $20,760 grant to conduct Phase Two of the Historic Architectural Survey of the St. Charles Mid-Town and Commons Neighborhoods. The survey will identify potential National Register Historic Districts as well as properties individually eligible for the National Register of Historic Places.

Kirkwood will receive a $9,000 grant to complete a National Register of Historic Places nomination for the North Taylor Historic District. The proposed district is located along North Taylor Avenue roughly from East Adams to one block north of East Maple Avenue in the city of Kirkwood. The proposed district boundary contains approximately 180 primary residential buildings.

The National Historic Preservation Act of 1966 authorizes a program of federal matching grants, known as the Historic Preservation Fund, to assist the various states in carrying out historic preservation activities. The program is sponsored by the U.S. Department of the Interior, National Park Service, and in Missouri, is administered through the Department of Natural Resources' State Historic Preservation Office.

A minimum of 10 percent of the Historic Preservation Fund monies are earmarked for exclusive use by Certified Local Governments. CLGs are communities that have established a historic preservation program that meets certain standards set by the state and the National Park Service. Local governments that maintain CLG status are considered partners with the SHPO and the NPS in the nation’s historic preservation program. Missouri currently has 50 local governments such as St. Charles and Kirkwood that have attained CLG status.

The grants were awarded based on a competitive scoring process and the direct relation of the projects to the identification, evaluation or protection of historical, architectural or archaeological resources.

For more information about the CLG program, visit the department's SHPO website at dnr.mo.gov/shop/certifie.htm or contact Jo Ann Radetic at 573-522-2473 or email jo.ann.radetic@dnr.mo.gov.

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