East Providence receives historical preservation grants

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PROVIDENCE — The Rhode Island Historical Preservation and Heritage Commission (RIHPHC) awarded seven grants totaling about $59,300 to local historic preservation programs, including one to East Providence.

The grants support a variety of local preservation activities, including architectural assessments of historic buildings, a master plan for a historic farm, a mapping study of colonial settlement sites, two National Register nominations, a local historic district zoning workshop, a study of revisions to the National Flood Insurance Program as it relates to historic districts, and updates to a survey of historic mill buildings.

East Providence will use $8,000 to hire a historian to prepare National Register nominations for the Elm Tree and Roseland Park plats, historic residential plats with about 74 buildings in the Riverside neighborhood. The city will also receive a second grant of $5,000 to complete a GIS mapping study of known sites from the colonial settlement of Bristol County from ca. 1636 to 1740. The resulting maps and database will help identify and protect sensitive locations and contribute to our understanding of the growth of early English settlement.

Said RIHPHC Executive Director Edward F. Sanderson: “The work carried out by municipal historical preservation programs is very important to our statewide preservation efforts. These grant awards are an acknowledgement of the commitment which these communities have made to protect their historic resources. The Commission is pleased to support activities which local governments have identified as high priorities.”

The grants are part of the Commission’s Certified Local Government (CLG) program, which provides assistance to cities and towns who protect the historic character of their communities through local historic district ordinances. Towns whose historic district ordinances and review procedures meet CLG standards are certified by the Commission and become eligible to receive grants and technical assistance.

The grants are funded by the U.S. Department of the Interior, National Park Service and awarded and administered by the R.I. Historical Preservation and Heritage Commission. Currently seventeen Rhode Island cities and towns are Certified Local Governments.

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