|States Get Funds for Historic Properties Damaged by Hurricane Sandy
WASHINGTON – The National Park Service has awarded more than $7.6 million in grants to eight states to help stabilize or repair historic properties damaged by Hurricane Sandy.
“Hurricane Sandy damaged many of our nation’s historic sites and significant cultural resources,” said National Park Service Director Jonathan B. Jarvis. “These grants will allow homeowners, businesses and public facilities to restore historic properties which will in turn help revive businesses and recharge local economies,” he said.
State historic preservation offices in Delaware, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Virginia, and West Virginia will allocate the money to sites listed in, or considered eligible for, the National Register of Historic Places. The funds may be used to:
- Pay for construction work to stabilize and repair historic and archeological properties.
- Allow State Historic Preservation Offices to hire additional staff to expeditiously conduct the reviews of all federally funded or sponsored projects as required by Section 106 of the National Historic Preservation Act
- Provide technical assistance to owners of properties listed in, or considered eligible for, the National Register of Historic Places
- Help with architectural/engineering plans and specifications, economic feasibility studies, damage assessments and survey and recordation of hurricane-damaged properties.
The grants will be administered by the National Park Service and the individual states. The grants are part of the Disaster Relief Appropriations Act (P.L. 113-2) designed to streamline disaster assistance related to Hurricane Sandy.
Here are the monetary awards by state:
New Hampshire $803,390
West Virginia $173,000
Editor’s Note: Please contact the individual state historic preservation office for funding details on grants for that particular state.
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