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City Receives Grant to Update Historic Guidelines and Survey Mid-Century Neighborhoods

6/29/2017

The City of Gainesville has been awarded a Small Matching Category grant from the Department of State’s Division of Historical Resources for fiscal year 2017-2018 in the amount of $40,600. The grant will be used to support a comprehensive survey of mid-century neighborhoods and buildings and to update the city’s existing Historic Preservation Rehabilitation & Design Guidelines. The project will be a collaborative effort between the City of Gainesville Department of Doing, Planning Division, the University of Florida’s Historic Preservation Program and local non-profit organization Gainesville Modern.

Gainesville’s original surveys of historical and cultural resources were undertaken in 1980 and the early 1990s. This survey will focus on buildings constructed from 1930 through 1970, as these were not assessed previously given that they were not yet 50 years old. The survey teams will be augmented with students from the Historic Preservation Program and with community volunteers through Gainesville Modern. The teams will visit and photograph properties selected for the survey, and will record basic information such as building type, style, date of construction, architect and/or builder, if known. The properties will be prioritized for significance and forms for the Florida Master Site File, the state’s official inventory of historical and cultural resources, will be filled out for the top priority properties. The UF student team will also review the existing historic preservation guidelines and update them to take into consideration the mid-century modern buildings and sustainability goals. Lastly, the project team will provide three public forums: a kick-off in early fall, a mid-project presentation to share preliminary findings and a final presentation in May or June of 2018 to announce results.

If you have questions about the mid-century survey, please contact the Planning Division at 352-334-5022 or cogplanning@cityofgainesville.org.

Follow our progress online at https://tinyurl.com/GNVMidCenturySurvey.