Surveys and inventories at El Dorado completed ahead of Historic Preservation Plan work

EL DORADO – Contractors hired by the El Dorado Historic District Commission and the City of El Dorado are completing field work in three local neighborhoods.

Eligibility determination/cultural resource surveys for Country Club Colony, Retta Brown and Mellor Park, Forest Lawn/Eastridge and a small section of the McKinney Subdivision, including some non-plateau properties, will help determine if neighborhoods will be eligible for nomination to the National Register of Historic Places, either as districts or with individually listed properties.

The projects are part of an overall effort to achieve a citywide historic preservation plan that was drafted in 2020.

Neighborhoods and Surveys were recommended as priority projects in the plan which, along with Surveys, are funded by a total of approximately $100,000 in certified local government grants that have been awarded to the city by the Historic Preservation Program of Arkansas.

To help draft the plan, the City of El Dorado donated an additional $10,000 from the El Dorado Works Tax, the 1% municipal sales tax initiative used for economic development, municipal infrastructure and projects. of quality of life.

On Thursday, Elizabeth Eggleston, executive director of the Historic District Commission, reported that fieldwork was complete for the investigations.

In early 2021 Terracon Consultant Services, Inc. – headquartered in Kansas – launched an eligibility determination survey of 326 properties in the Mellor Park area, the Forest Lawn/Eastridge subdivision and a small section of the subdivision. McKinney, including some unplated properties.

A team from Terracon’s offices in Austin, Texas is working on the project.

Eggleston said Thursday that Terracon has completed fieldwork and is compiling site plans, Arkansas Architectural Resource forms and photographs to send to the El Dorado Historic District Commission and Historic Preservation Program. of Arkansas for review.

She stated that Cox | Austin, Texas-based McLain-Stantec Inc. had reached a similar phase in its investigations of the Country Club Colony and Retta Brown neighborhoods.

Cox|McLain-Stantec architectural historians conducted site visits in January, inspecting a total of 110 properties and completing fieldwork well before the end of the month.

Eggleston said Thursday that, like Terracon, Cox | McLain-Stantec has collected photographs and site plans – all of which include information on the architectural style, exterior materials and any alterations.

She also said that Cox | McLain-Stantec was also completing the first 10 architectural resource forms, which are due by Tuesday.

“So they’re on schedule with their work,” Eggleston said, adding that all investigation documentation is due to the Historic District Commission and the state Historic Preservation Program by the end of April. .

If the surveys receive the stamp of approval from these two entities, the nomination forms will be submitted to the State Review Board for review in the National and State Registers of Historic Places.

If the properties are eligible to be listed on the National Registry, the state review board will then make a recommendation to the National Park Service, the federal agency that administers the National Registry.

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