Springfield Community Preservation Committee Awards Restoration Grants

SPRINGFIELD — The Community Preservation Committee (CPC) awarded five historic home restoration grants at its July 5 meeting. Grants are awarded through the Historic Homes Restoration Program.

CPC Administrator Karen Lee explained that the program originally formed as a pilot program funded by the Springfield Office of Planning and Economic Development in 2020. After the program ended, the CPC expressed his interest in reviving it under his leadership, according to Lee.

“The preservation committee liked the idea and funded the program. This is the first time we open [the program] up to the seven districts [in Springfield]”said Lee. In 2021, the CPC offered a version of the Historic Home Restoration Program that focused solely on the McKnight District.

The seven historic districts eligible for a historic grant are Forest Park Heights, McKnight, Maple Hill, Ridgewood, Lower Maple, Quadrangle-Mattoon, and Colony Hills.

The Historic Homes Restoration Program awards five households up to $30,000 in grants. Eligible homes include properties built before 1940 and owned by the applicant for one year prior to application. The CPC allocates funds from the city’s Community Preservation Act (CPA) accounts.

According to the CPC, the funding is targeted for exterior home projects, including restoring original doors and windows, purchasing and installing energy-efficient storm windows, restoring porches and painting the exterior of the property.

Lee shared that 195 households have submitted applications for a historic home restoration program. The five award-winning homes include 16 Ridgewood Terrace in the Ridgewood District, 80 Fairfield St. in the Forest Park Heights District, 168 Pineywoods Ave. in Forest Park Heights, 94 Elliot St. in the Quadrangle-Mattoon district and 27 Clarendon St. in the McKnight neighborhood.

The CPC also deliberated on recommendations for the 2022 Community Preservation Act funding cycle at its July 5 meeting. The CPC oversees the selection of CPA candidates for a variety of community projects. Since Springfield adopted the CPA in 2018, the CPC has funded 56 projects at a combined cost of more than $7 million.

The 2021 bid process has awarded several companies the necessary funding, with projects including the reconstruction of the Forest Park Water Garden Gazebo, the development of Duggan Park, and the exterior preservation of the George Walter Vincent Art Museums. Smith.

For the 2022 cycle, the CPC will make final decisions on nominees before presenting the selected entities to City Council in September.

Readers interested in learning more about the Springfield CPC can visit https://www.facebook.com/SpringfieldCommunityPreservationCommittee.

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