Historic Preservation Grant Deadline Approaching

Over the past month or so, members of the Eastland Historic Preservation Board delivered information detailing grant information for current property owners located in the Downtown Historic District.

The Downtown Historic District was set by Ordinance #737 approved by the Eastland City Commission in 2008 and currently consists of the four sides of the downtown square. Plans are underway to expand the district in the near future.

Owners of property located within this Historic District are now eligible for grant funds that have been set aside by the City of Eastland from funds received through the Hotel/Motel tax collected by the City.

For the 2011 year, the City has set aside approximately $30,000 from the tax fund to assist property owners who may be interested in exterior renovation work to their structures located in the historic district. Application deadline is February 11, 2011!

Advantages abound for property owners considering these type renovations. A set of Historic Design Guidelines, developed by the Eastland Historic Preservation board in 2010, can be used by property owners to assist with ideas and suggestions for their projects.

These Guidelines, as well as the 2010-2011 Grant Application can be found online through the city’s web page at: www.cityofeastland.com/historicPreservation.html.

The new Historic District, Guidelines and Grant will help the City of Eastland in preserving the past for future generations!

For more information on the Downtown Historic District, Historic Design Guidelines and the Historic Renovation grant, please go to the above mentioned website, contact Eastland Planning Official Bill Dolen at Eastland City Hall, or any of the current Eastland Historic Preservation Board members: Anne Zoellick, Terry Simmons, Jeanie Griffin, Katherine Rice or Dean Vernon.

Remember, the clock is ticking! Grant Application Deadline is February 11, 2011!