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To protect Denver’s character, advocacy group seeks preservation proposals

Author: Adam McCoy - March 5, 2018 - Updated: March 5, 2018

The morphing character of the Mile High City — it’s the price of sweeping development and surging population in Denver.

That’s why preserving the structures that makes Denver so unique is vital, Historic Denver argues.

The group of preservation-minded Denverites, founded in 1970, was born out of the “extraordinary citizen effort to save the 1889 home of Titanic survivor Margaret “Molly” Brown, which the organization continues to operate as the Molly Brown House Museum,” the group notes on its website.

The group has begun its search for preservation projects for 2018, through its Action Fund project, 5280 Magazine reports. Launched in 2015, the project invites neighborhood groups, non-profits and other organizations to submit preservation proposal.

With the first deadline looming this spring, 5280 rounds up rules for submitting proposal:

Projects that are eligible for Action Fund support include the development of a conservation or design overlay district, historical and architectural resource surveys, neighborhood planning exercises, studies to identify new uses for languishing local landmarks, and more. After applications are received, the Action Fund subcommittee will  review all proposals and select one to three projects to support. Accepted projects will receive technical assistance, staff support, and a financial investment of 75 percent of the total budget for their project, ranging from $2,500 up to $10,000. The applicant is responsible for raising the remaining 25 percent through community fundraising, loans, or other grants.

This will be the first year Historic Denver is setting three different deadlines for applications.

Adam McCoy

Adam McCoy

Adam McCoy covers Denver-area politics for Colorado Politics.