2010 Annual Report
MDAH Grants Assist Property Owners Across State
MDAH Board of Trustees Awards Preservation Grants
Sixteen preservation and restoration projects from Corinth to Summit were awarded $2 million in the seventh round of the Community Heritage Preservation grant program. Authorized and funded through the Mississippi Legislature, this program helps preserve and restore historic courthouses and schools and, in Certified Local Government communities, other historic properties. Over the life of the program the department has awarded more than $22 million in Community Heritage Preservation grants to 140 projects. This program has been crucial in preserving historic structures across the state, and we are grateful to the Legislature for continuing to fund it.
Certified Local Government Communities Awarded Grants
In March 2010 MDAH awarded grants totaling more than $67,000 to fifteen preservation projects in Certified Local Government communities across the state. The Certified Local Government program is a federal-state-local partnership established in 1980 to involve local governments directly in the national historic preservation process. Communities that participate in the CLG program are eligible for grants and other assistance provided through MDAH.
Amounts range from $12,000 to restore the interior of the M & O Depot in Aberdeen to $600 for a survey of buildings in Sharkey County. We are especially pleased that Raymond is partnering with MDAH to provide local GIS mapping for all sixty CLG communities in Mississippi.
Rehab Projects Win Tax Credits
Substantial federal and state tax credits continue to be awarded for the rehabilitation of qualifying buildings in Mississippi. Probably the most significant tax project approved during FY 2010 was the King Edward Hotel project in downtown Jackson. This project, along with the connected R.E. Hines Motor Company Building that serves as the parking facility for the hotel, represents a total investment of more than $77 million. The nearby Standard Life Building is scheduled to open in September 2010. In addition to this, there are three tax credit projects underway across the street from the King Edward in the 200 block of West Capitol Street.
Coast Office Manages Post-Katrina Grants
The Gulf Coast Office administers two National Park Service grant programs—the $25.5 million Hurricane Relief Grant Program for Historic Preservation and the $500,000 Katrina Recovery appropriation for the reconstruction of the antebellum mansion Grass Lawn in Gulfport. The larger grant is funding the rehabilitation of 262 hurricane-damaged historic properties, ranging from large publicly owned buildings like the Old Waveland School Civic Center to iconic museum properties like Beauvoir to small owner-occupied residential shotguns and cottages. Additionally, the Gulf Coast Office administers a $1.25 million grant program funded by HUD through the Mississippi Development Authority for rehab of historic buildings to provide low-income rental units.
By the end of Fiscal Year 2010, more than $20 million in grant assistance had been disbursed toward completion of these Hurricane Relief Grant Programs.
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