3 Michigan communities to receive preservation grants to protect historical assets

Ann Arbor, Northville and Niles will be impacted by the grants

City of Northville (Michigan Economic Development Corporation)

Three cities are splitting a $170,000 grant in order to preserve and protect historic assets.

The State Historic Preservation Office is awarding Ann Arbor, Northville and Niles.

According to a press release, the Old Fourth Ward Historic District in Ann Arbor will receive $45,000 of the $170,000 after qualifying for historic preservation. The Old Fourth Ward Historic District was established in the early 80s and has more than 300 properties in the district. The historic preservation coordinator of Ann Arbor writes that this grant will allow the city to update a historic resource survey about the district that contains documentation and analysis of the properties.

Old Fourth Ward Historic District (Michigan Economic Development Corporation)

The city of Northville will receive a $48,000 grant to update historic preservation design guidelines. According to the press release, the money will hire a qualified historic preservation consultant who will work with the city to help incorporate new tech and practices to evolve original designs. “Receiving this grant is wonderful news,” said City Manager Patrick Sullivan. “It will help Northville continue the hard work undertaken by property and business owners, the Historic District Commission, Northville Historical Society, and city officials to preserve their heritage.”

Niles, located in west Michigan, will receive a $70,000 grant to help restore the Henry A. Chapin House. The grant will be dedicated to rehabilitating the home’s roof, restoring the porch, and improving accessibility and interior rehabilitation. The Chapin House was built in 1884 and was listed as a historic place in 1981. The home currently operates as the Niles History Center.

Henry A. Chapin House (Michigan Economic Development Corporation)

“Historic preservation is about finding ways to celebrate, protect, and invest in the irreplaceable heritage assets that make our communities special,” writes Deputy State Historic Preservation Officer Martha MacFarlane-Faes in a press release. “The CLG program is an important tool through which SHPO and the National Park Service support local communities in their ongoing preservation efforts. We are pleased to present this year’s grant recipients and look forward to working alongside them in the successful completion of their projects.”

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