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Bellevue, Covington Win State Preservation Grants

The Cities of Bellevue and Covington have been awarded grants from the Kentucky Heritgahe Council/State Historic Preservation Office.

In late 2013, the Heritage Council awarded nine grants totaling $80,000 for preservation-related projects inBardstown, Bellevue, Campbellsville, Covington, Danville, Dawson Springs, Frankfort, Middlesboro and Shelbyville. Leveraged along with the required local match of at least 40 percent, these grants will generate total investment of $133,333.

“It is always interesting to see how these grants are being creatively leveraged by communities to broaden their impact,” said Craig Potts, KHC executive director and state historic preservation officer.

Covington and Bellevue in the two previous years partnered to create a nationally award-winning video, narrated by Northern Kentucky personality Nick Clooney, as a way to dispel negative perceptions about preservation and the design review process and emphasize benefits to communities, available here. A subsequent video on architectural styles was also produced with CLG grant assistance and may be viewed here.

This year, the cities will use their grants separately:

Bellevue – $8,203 ($4,922 with match of $3,281)

To design and print a brochure with information for property owners in local historic districts, fund a portion of expenses for the annual NKY Restoration Weekend 2014 (presented in partnership with the city of Covington), and provide professional development for city staff.

Covington – $25,917 ($15,550 with match of $10,367)

To complete the second phase of the Peaselburg neighborhood survey, fund a portion of expenses for the annual NKY Restoration Weekend 2014 (presented in partnership with the city of Bellevue), print and mail a brochure with information for property owners in local historic districts, and provide professional development for staff.

Photo: Fairfield Avenue in Bellevue/RCN file