By unanimous vote tonight, the North Hampton Board of Selectmen (elected) endorsed our revitalization efforts and our upcoming LCHIP grant application “so that Centennial Hall may become of even more service and value to our communities”. In addition, this project, and the service of the building and the efforts of the FOCH has likewise received the unanimous endorsement and full support from the Heritage Commission (appointed by the Board of Selectmen), and the Historical Society.
We’re rolling into our newest revitalization efforts.
We have completed our full building assessment under the direction of Steve Bedard, Principal, Bedard Preservation and Restoration (Gilmanton). Steve has 42 years field experience on all types of of preservation and restoration projects, ranging in date from 1685 through 1930, and is a contractor approved by the NH Preservation Alliance. He has worked with non-profits, museums, municipalities, and the State Division of Historic Resources. Lisa Masoulf, Principal, LM Preservation (Reading, MA) who successfully completed Centennial Hall’s application to the National Register will review the assessment to provide additional supervision on National Historic Preservation compliance.
Andrew Cushing, Field Service Representative of the NH Preservation Alliance, visited us today joining Steve Bedard, who is in finalization mode of his building assessment with historic preservation guidelines. After a full building tour, Andrew followed-up with great suggestions for other grant opportunities that we can explore in the next months, and appreciated our successes to date commenting, “.. that we are a model in the State.” Thanks Andrew for all the great input and time spent.
Board President, Marcy McCann and Vice President, Jen King attended the LCHIP grant workshop in Concord this morning in preparation for filing our upcoming request on June 22nd. According to Digit Taylor, LCHIP Executive Director “Based on the forms received, it appears that there may be up to 80 applicants in this grant round, the largest number of applications in LCHIP’s eighteen-year history. LCHIP is budgeted to have $3.5 million to distribute in grants. The total anticipated request in the Intent to Apply forms is just over $11 million, 50 historic resource projects seeking $5.2 million and 30 natural resource projects seeking $5.8+ million. This grant round looks to be highly competitive! “