Preserving place

The next time a building owner wants to do some improvements in Grand Haven's downtown business district, they may have some help.
Alex Doty
May 3, 2013

 

“We’re putting this thing together that gives preferred treatment and improvements to building facades,” said Dana Kollewehr, executive director of the city's Main Street Downtown Development Authority.

The authority is working with the Tri-Cities Historical Museum to create a document that will provide information on proper historic preservation.

“It’s essentially created to create guidelines for renovating facades in the business district, with the intent of enhancing the historic preservation of the community,” said the museum's exhibit curator, Steve Radtke.

According to Radtke, the document will address windows, doors, storefronts and other elements that make up a building, including ornamental details such as cornices.

To create the document, Radtke said the museum researched and uncovered historic photos of the downtown area, and also used the knowledge of what was done during specific time periods. They also looked to other communities that created similar documents.

Randy Smith, chairman of the authority's Preservation & Place Committee, said that some communities have included historic standards in their zoning ordinances.

“If nothing else, it’s good advice and it’s proven advice,” he said.

To read more of this story, see today’s print or e-edition of the Grand Haven Tribune.

 

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