Charlotte Awarded Federal Historic Preservation Fund Grant - New York News

Charlotte Awarded Federal Historic Preservation Fund Grant

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Charlotte, NC - Sometimes it's difficult to resist the urge to replace something that's broken down and dingy with something that's exciting and new, but in Charlotte that's exactly what the federal government is trying to do.

The city was awarded a federal Historic Preservation Fund grant of $24,000 that will be matched by the city with another $30,000.

The money will be used to conduct a comprehensive historic resource survey. It will be the second phase of the project, with the first phase being conducted back in the 1980s.

Director of the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Historic Landmarks Commission Dan Morril says determining what counts as historic can be difficult.


"It's difficult to really make an assessment of what's historic unless you've got a basic database...unless you've got a clear understanding of the history of the area and the history of the individual properties," says Morril.

According to him, that's what the grant will help with. "There can be then a more rational process of saying what we should save and what we don't have to worry about saving," he says.

Realtor Danielle Edwards says the demand for new homes and developments makes that process even harder. "Condos going up, new infrastructure, restaurants...I think it brings a lot of money to the city, brings a lot of jobs to the city and people are now moving here, so it's finding that balance. It's a difficult thing to do, but there's a need. That's what people want," says Edwards.

So why think twice about tearing down that old building to construct something shiny and new?

Morril says, "If a community, if a city has so sense of what it has been, then it has no sense of place. And if we are going to succeed in making a better world for the future...it's very important to know how we got to where we are so we've got that sense of orientation to move forward."

 

 

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