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Public input sought for long-term historic preservation plan

Help set the course for Kentucky's future

Greensburg depotKHC wants to hear from citizens across the state as we develop Kentucky's next five-year strategic plan, to outline goals and objectives for helping preserve historic buildings and other sites in the Commonwealth through 2020.

Help set the course for Kentucky's future by taking the online survey today, and watch for more information about public meetings and fun networking events in early 2015. The goal is to gather feedback and creative ideas from a broad range of constituents, to help address issues such as how to approach neighborhood preservation more effectively, stem demolition by neglect, and foster greater understanding of the benefits of – and a stronger public commitment toward – the preservation and reuse of old buildings.

Craig Potts, Isaac Kremer, Vicki BirenbergThe survey takes just 5 minutes, and we are particularly interested in hearing from individuals who do not think of themselves as “historic preservationists.”

“Historic preservation is about much more than old buildings,” said Vicki Birenberg, KHC planning coordinator, who is overseeing plan development. “Preservation provides many beneficial opportunities – to feel connected to the history and identity of our communities, for economic revitalization and placemaking, for strengthening social connections, and to reuse existing structures to conserve scarce resources. We want to use this as an opportunity to demonstrate how preserving historic buildings and the historic fabric of our communities is becoming increasingly relevant to each of our lives.”

Historic downtowns and older neighborhoods are being re-energized as a result of the renewed interest in walkability and the enhanced quality of life that comes with the freedom from driving, Birenberg said. This is supported by national trends showing that downtown and urban settings are becoming more desirable as places to live, while suburban areas “are scrambling to address the lack of pedestrian infrastructure and proximity between destinations,” she said.

Pikeville downtownNew tools such as “Walk Score”® ratings have shown that higher walkability scores translate into higher real estate values, while traditional older neighborhoods designed with sidewalks, front porches and similar amenities to promote connectivity and social interaction are being replicated in developments utilizing new urbanist neighborhood design principles.Marion Cafe sign

“We want to hear from all stakeholders, especially those that have the ability in their day-to-day activities to make decisions or influence what happens to historic and cultural resources – not just buildings, but also landscapes such as public spaces or farms, and sites such as historic bridges, rock fences or roadside buildings,” Birenberg said.

Stakeholders include planners, real estate professionals, federal and state agency representatives, American Indian tribes with ties to Kentucky, emergency management agencies, the business community, elected state and local officials, representatives of universities and school systems, historic property owners, anyone who may have associations with or ideas about resources, or communities that have not been the focus of historic preservation efforts in the past.Rock wallVicki Birenberg

Once completed in early 2016, the plan is intended to serve as a tool for use by individuals, nonprofits and local governments interested in applying the strategies to local issues.

“A state plan will only be successful if it truly reflects what the needs are, and how the public can respond in a proactive way to preserve historic places that have meaning and significance,” said Craig Potts, KHC executive director and state historic preservation officer.

For more, visit www.heritage.ky.gov, or call Vicki at 502-564-7005, ext. 126.

Photos: Greensburg Depot; Craig Potts, Discover Downtown Middlesboro Main Street Director Isaac Kremer and Vicki Birenberg; Downtown Pikeville; Marion Cafe Sign, Crittenden County; and a rock wall along a creek in central Kentucky

Paducah rolls out the red carpet for "Preservation Tools & Strategies"

Paducah street scene

Huge thanks to Paducah Main Street [External Link - You are now leaving the .gov domain. ], Preservation Kentucky Inc. [External Link - You are now leaving the .gov domain. ], the Kentucky Main Street Program and city of Paducah for their assistance and hard work in presenting the fourth and final presentation in the Kentucky Heritage Council's 2014 Kentucky Preservation Series, Preservation Tools and Strategies, October 23-25, in historic downtown Paducah.

Sessions were open to the public and geared to owners of historic buildings, real estate agents, members of architectural review boards and preservation commissions, Kentucky Main Street Program communities and supporters, local officials, and anyone interested in community preservation.

The weather was beautiful during this last weekend of October as participants enjoyed a trolley tour of the city; a garden reception at the Mary Jane, a beautiful historic home in the LowerTown Arts District; and sessions on topics ranging from rehab tax credits to marketing and selling historic real estate. The weekend was capped off Saturday afternoon with an informative walking tour highlighting downtown buildings, their architectural details, and rehabilitation and other changes that had been made to some of the facades.

We had a great time! And appreciate the financial and organization support provided by Ray Black & Son, Independence Bank, and Paducah Life magazine.

Other events in the 2014 Kentucky Preservation Series were:

Jan. 15-17, Frankfort
Creating Life on City Streets: Walkability
, presented in partnership with Preservation Kentucky, in conjunction with the annual Kentucky Main Street Program winter meeting. Keynote presenter was Jeff Speck, city planner and author of “Walkable City: How Downtown Can Save America, One Step at a Time”

March 21-22, Covington
Planning to Preserve
, presented in conjunction with the 3rd Annual Northern Kentucky Restoration Weekend, including rollout of a survey and series of public meetings to engage constituents in developing the next five-year state historic preservation plan

Aug. 1-2, Pikeville
Capitalizing on Culture
, exploring how innovative marketing of heritage tourism could reap huge economic returns. Presented in partnership with Shaping Our Appalachian Region (SOAR) and Community Trust Bancorp Inc., with support from Preservation Kentucky, the Kentucky Main Street Program, Friends of Kentucky Main Street, Pikeville Main Street, the City of Pikeville and Pike County

We thank all those who attended, and who helped present these informative and fun events.

The Preservation Payoff 

Each year the Kentucky Heritage Council compiles information about the impact of historic preservation in each of Kentucky's six Congressional districts. These data sheets quantify the financial and cultural value that KHC programs such as rehab tax credits and the Kentucky Main Street Program generate in investment back into communities. This information is presented both cumulatively (statewide) and by district, and projects in each district of particular interest are highlighted.

Two documents have been created for each Congressional district based on 2012 statistics - one of general interest, and a separate data sheet showing the impressive economic impact generated by state and federal historic rehabilitation tax credit programs administered by KHC. Find these in the column at right.

Please use these to help illustrate the economic and cultural impact that historic preservation programs are having in your community!

In 2012, Annville Institute in Jackson County was listed in the National Register of Historic Places

Preservation Works: Historic Preservation Projects and Case Studies booklet coverPreservation Works

Does your legislator, local elected official, family member, friend or neighbor want to know more about historic preservation?  Would you like to learn about how current preservation projects across the state are creating jobs, attracting private investment, generating tax revenue, promoting environmental sustainability, contributing to community planning and improving our quality of life?  Then check out Preservation Works! Historic Preservation Projects and Case Studies [PDF - 976KB], produced by the Kentucky Heritage Council.  For a hard copy, e-mail Vicki Birenberg, CLG and Planning Coordinator, or call 502-564-7005, ext. 126.


... to the Kentucky Heritage Council / State Historic Preservation Office Web site.  Our mission is to identify, preserve and protect the cultural resources of Kentucky.  Heritage Council staff administer all state and federal historic preservation and incentive programs in Kentucky, including the National Register of Historic Places.  Sixteen Kentucky Heritage Council members are appointed by the governor of the state to serve four year terms on the Heritage Council.  Council members live across the state representing the citizens of the Commonwealth and engaging in historic preservation projects.Morris Fork Community Center, Breathitt County

The Heritage Council is a repository of a priceless assemblage of survey forms, maps, photographs and other images in its unique archival collection of inventories of historic structures and archaeological sites in the state.  Our rural heritage is highlighted in a variety of programs including the Kentucky Crossroads Rural Heritage Development Initiative, an rural preservation/economic development partnership with Preservation Kentucky.  The Kentucky Archaeological Survey, a partnership with the University of Kentucky Department of Anthropology, promotes the preservation of archaeological sites and educates the public about protecting these resources.

The Heritage Council seeks to build a greater awareness of Kentucky's historic places and to encourage the long-term preservation of Kentucky's significant cultural resources.  Kentucky leads the nation in the number of Preserve America communities, is fourth in the number of properties listed in the National Register of Historic Places, and administers the federal and statewide rehabilitation tax credit programs.

Recent Kentucky Heritage Council Press Releases


2015 KHC Archaeology Conference graphic
Interested in archaeology? Plan now to attend the 32nd Annual KHC Archaeology Conference March 13-15, Lake Barkley State Resort Park [JPEG-272KB]

Bardstown "Rehab, Restore, Renovate!" Trades Fair
Postponed from Feb. 21! To be rescheduled

4th Annual NKY Restoration Weekend, Covington, March 20-21

Both made possible through a Certified Local Government (CLG) grant. Learn more

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KHC agency brochure
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NEW tax credit tools
KHC announces significant economic impact of rehab tax credit programs
Review federally funded KYTC projects and request to become a Consulting Party in the Section 106 Review process

Learn more about new Section 106 Review submission procedures, effective Monday, July 8, 2013

Economic impact of historic preservation by Congressional District

1st District
Rep. Ed Whitfield
[PDF - 275KB]

2nd District
Rep. Brett Guthrie
[PDF - 283KB]

3rd District
Rep. John Yarmuth
[PDF - 309KB]

4th District
Rep. Thomas Massie
[PDF - 215KB]

5th District
Rep. Hal Rogers
[PDF - 274KB]

6th District
Rep. Andy Barr
[PDF - 247KB]

Tax Credits 2012

1st District
[PDF - 441KB]

2nd District
[PDF - 417KB]

3rd District
[PDF - 457KB]

4th District
[PDF - 406KB]

5th District
[PDF - 413KB]

6th District
[PDF - 411KB]

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