From the Lowry Hill East Neighborhood Association – Where Every Story Has Three Sides
The Lowry Hill East Neighborhood Association (LHENA) Neighborhood Revitalization Committee has opened funding for its annual historic exterior home improvement program. All residential property owners within Lowry Hill East may participate. Funds up to $10,000 per property are available and must be matched by the property owner on a 1:1 basis. This deferred loan is 100% forgivable if the property is owned for at least ten years following its receipt, and zero payments must be made in the interim.
Eligible improvements include those made to the exterior of the property for the purpose of preserving or restoring its historic character. Past projects have included repair and restoration of porches, stucco, siding, windows and doors. Repair of items is highly encouraged and will be viewed more favorably over replacement. Any proposal for replacement must include substantial evidence that repair is not possible (age alone is not sufficient justification).
All proposed improvements must be as historically accurate to the specific property as possible. Research on the original architecture of the house should be conducted. Evidence should be gathered through sources such as historic photos of your property and/or comparison to similar styles in the area to make reasonable assumptions of what once existed. Visit the Hennepin History Museum, http://www.hennepinhistory.org, the Minnesota Historical Society, www.mnhs.org, and the City of Minneapolis Development Review, www.ci.minneapolis.mn.us/mdr/index.htm.
A panel with expertise in historic preservation, architecture and historic rehabilitation will review and rank all submissions. Since the intention of the program is to improve the appearance and preserve the historic character of the neighborhood as a whole, curb appeal is important. Projects featuring repairs visible from the street will receive a higher rank.
As you gather ideas for potential projects, you may want to consider reviewing the following resources on preservation:
Please note that the information and instructions provided on these sites are not required knowledge for the homeowner, but may be helpful as definitive guides to preservation. You may choose to share this information with your contractor.
In order to apply for this year’s program, property owners must submit an application to LHENA by the February 28, 2013 deadline. Program application and guidelines available at www.thewedge.org or on the CEE website: www.mncee.org (search for all available home improvement grant and loan programs by property address). Please call the LHENA office at 612.377.5023 or email LHENA@thewedge.org with any questions.