April 2008 - Vol. 22, No. 4
Kerri Broome, editor
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The Cleveland Restoration Society brings you breaking news about local, state, and national preservation issues, up-to-the-minute information about advocacy efforts, and a calendar of events.

 2008 Celebration of Preservation
 party in Playhouse Square on May 6

Ohio Theatre Make plans now to join the Cleveland Restoration Society and AIA Cleveland on May 6 from 5:30 - 8:30 p.m. for the first ever combined Celebration of Preservation, when we will honor projects and individuals who have made a significant positive impact on Northeast Ohio through historic preservation in the past year. The Ohio Theatre at Playhouse Square will be the backdrop for this festive event, free to CRS, AIA Cleveland and AIA Akron members. RSVP by April 22. If you would like to attend but are not yet a member, contact CRS at 216-426-1000 for more information and then come and join in the celebration!


 State Tax Credit Update
 program has reached budget cap

On March 13 the Ohio Department of Development (ODOD) announced the closing of the state historic preservation tax credit program. The program was conceived as a two-year pilot for up to 100 projects per year beginning July 1, 2007 and was given a cap of $120 million. To date approved projects total approximately $123 million. The ODOD press release states, "The tax credits for applications approved to date approximate the $120 million budgeted for the program. Following a review of four pending applications for low value projects to satisfy the statutory requirement that a mix of high and low value projects be approved, no other applications will be approved for the remainder of the two-year program." For more perspective, check out an article published by the Toledo Blade on March 23.

New approvals including one Akron project and nine Cleveland projects have also been announced:
  • The Gothic Building, Akron
  • Ford Motor Co. (Cleveland Institute of Art), Cleveland
  • The Swetland Building, Cleveland
  • Cleveland Trust Company, Cleveland
  • Union Gospel Press, Cleveland
  • Neal Terrace Apartments, Cleveland
  • Boulevard Terrace Apartments, Cleveland
  • Exhibit Builders, Inc. Complex, formerly Baehr Brewing Company & The Odd Fellows Hall, Cleveland
  • Hanna Building Complex, Cleveland
  • Higbee Building, Cleveland
This brings the number of approved Cleveland projects to 20, out of 37 in total.

Of special note is the news that The George Gund Foundation has awarded $100,000 to the National Trust for Historic Preservation to evaluate Ohio's pilot Historic Buildings Rehabilitation Tax Credit and determine its economic impact.


 LEED to Better Address Existing Buildings
 new version to be launched January 2009

USGBC logo Last week the National Trust for Historic Preservation announced that revisions to the Leadership in Energy & Environmental Design Building Rating Systems (LEED) will soon better integrate historic preservation and green building values. Following a two year collaborative process, a plan has been created to make immediate changes in the LEED system concerning materials, durability and embodied energy and to develop the unprecedented ratings system that will weigh the more complex cultural/social/preservation metrics. The US Green Building Council (USGBC) expects the interim version, LEED 3.0/2009, in which points related to existing buildings will be much higher and more effectively addressed, to go into effect January 1, 2009. LEED 3.0/2010 is also under development in order to apply a new overlay of cultural/social/preservation metrics. This is great news! Thanks to all of the organizations and agencies that have worked so hard on this effort!


 Support the Ohio Historical Society
 contact legislators this week

The Ohio Historical Society (OHS) is asking for your support. The state's Fiscal Years 2009-2010 capital budget is expected to be introduced soon, with decreased funding available for "bricks-and-mortar" capital projects across the state. OHS, which maintains and operates 59 historic sites and museums, typically receives $4 - $6 million in each capital budget. But with deferred maintenance and capital needs for the Society exceeding $100 million, OHS faces enormous challenges in keeping collections protected, museum exhibits and technology updated, roofs repaired, buildings painted as well as providing for accessibility for disabled persons and other important visitor amenities. OHS is asking supporters to contact state legislators this week and encourage them to support the Ohio Historical Society's capital budget request.


 Trust Website Redesigned
 www.PreservationNation.org launched

You may have noticed that the National Trust for Historic Preservation's home on the Internet is sporting a fresh look. In early March the Trust's website was launched as www.PreservationNation.org. It serves as the Trust's virtual town square, where people can share proven tools, make connections, and get inspired to save historic places. The new layout was designed to make information easier to access and to encourage interaction with partners and other online visitors. If you type in the old domain name, www.nationaltrust.org, you will be automatically redirected to the new PreservationNation URL. If you haven't stopped by lately, it's worth the time to check it out.


 Free Smart Growth Assistance Available
 local communities can apply before 5/8

US EPA logo The US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is accepting applications from communities, regions, and states for free technical assistance under the Smart Growth Implementation Assistance Program. The program provides contractor support to communities, regions, or states that want help with either policy analysis or public participatory processes. Selected communities will receive assistance in the form of a multi-day visit from a team of experts organized by EPA and other national partners to work with local leaders. The application deadline is May 8, 2008.


 New Federal Funding Opportunities Blog
 sponsored by the National Trust

If you're looking for federal funding, the National Trust for Historic Preservation's newest blog, Show Me the Money, is an easy place to start your search. The National Trust's Grants Office regularly posts and updates funding opportunities. The blog lists a huge variety of grant opportunities, encouraging the readers to review and to think "outside the box" in terms of how the opportunities may help them. Subscribe to a blog feed and be the first to know about the next grant opportunity!


 Mandel Center Calls for Nominations
 deadline is 4/23

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The Mandel Center for Nonprofit Organizations invites nominations for the 2008 Leadership in Nonprofit Management Award, presented to an individual with an outstanding record of leadership, and the 2008 Organization Innovation Award, presented to an organization with an outstanding record of innovation. Community members familiar with the work of an outstanding nonprofit leader or organization in Northeast Ohio are encouraged to submit a nomination. Nominations must be received by noon on April 23, 2008.


 Artist-Oriented Community Development
 "From Rust Belt to Artist Belt" seminar

"From Rust Belt to Artist Belt" Invitation On May 14 Cleveland-based Community Partnership for Arts and Culture (CPAC) will convene a day-long seminar about the unique challenges and opportunities faced by "Rust Belt" communities in conducting artist-oriented community development. An evening event will illustrate lessons from the day's programming. Registration is required for the seminar, to be held at Cleveland State University's Levin College of Urban Affairs. See the calendar below for more information.


 Special April SNOOP!
 an awesome day in 3 acts

On Saturday, April 26 the Cleveland Restoration Society will take our popular monthly tour to a whole different level with a Triple SNOOP! Here's how it works:
  • Act 1 - At 11:00 a.m. CRS members will get a private hard hat tour of the renovations currently underway at the Hanna Theatre, future home of the Great Lakes Theater Festival.
  • Act 2 - SNOOPing! can work up quite an appetite, so lunch at noon will be right on time! Join us as we check out Bricco, one of the newest stars of playhouse square, featuring a refreshing variety of salads, pizzas, sandwiches and pastas and an impressive wine list in a fun casual atmosphere.
  • Act 3 - Round out the afternoon with a 1:30 p.m. matinee of "The Crucible," Arthur Miller's timeless tale of truth on trial, at the Ohio Theatre.
Join us for just the Hanna Theatre tour or the entire afternoon - its up to you! The tour of the Hanna is free to CRS members and the lunch and play are offered as a package for $40 per person. Not yet a member? Join at the special introductory rate of $15 and you too can SNOOP!


 Calendar of Events
 what to do, where to do it, and when to go

April 10
GreenCityBlueLake.org Open House
Cleveland Environmental Center, 5:30 - 7:30 p.m.
3500 Lorain Ave., Cleveland

April 10
FutureHeights Annual Meeting
Heights Rockefeller Building, 7:30 p.m.
RSVP to 216-320-1423

April 11
"Photographic Processes: History and Identification"
Cleveland Public Library, Lakeshore Facility
9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m., register by 4/1, $$
Intermuseum Conservation Association
Ohio Preservation Council

April 11
A Community Conversation with Mayor Frank G. Jackson and Chief Operating Officer Darnell Brown
Cleveland State University, 8:00 - 10:00 a.m.
Glickman-Miller Hall, 1717 Euclid Ave.
Free but registration required
Maxine Goodman Levin College of Urban Affairs

April 12
Antiques Appraisal Day with Wes Cowan
10825 East Blvd., Cleveland, 10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m., $
Western Reserve Historical Society

April 16
Arts in Ohio Day 2008
Columbus, 9:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.
Reservations online only
Ohio Arts Council
Ohio Citizens for the Arts Foundation

April 19
OAHSM Region 3 Meeting
Stan Hywet Hall & Gardens, Akron
Register by 4/14, $$
Ohio Association of Historical Societies & Museums

April 26
SNOOP! of the Hanna Theatre
2067 East 14th Street, Cleveland, 11:00 a.m.
Lunch at Bricco and showing of "The Crucible" optional
Tour of Hanna free to CRS members, optional events $$
RSVP to Erin Dorsey
Cleveland Restoration Society

April 26
OAHSM Region 4 Meeting
Hiram College, Hiram
Register by 4/21, $$
Ohio Association of Historical Societies & Museums

April 27
Community Forum:
The Housing/Credit/Foreclosure Crisis

21600 Shaker Blvd., Shaker Heights, 9:30 - 10:45 a.m.
Moderated by Jim Rokakis
First Unitarian Church of Cleveland

April 28 - 30
Urban Forum 2008
Indianapolis, registration is open, $$$
Local Initiatives Support Corporation

May 3
All Aboard Ball
Akron-Fulton Airport, 6:00 p.m., $$$
Cuyahoga Valley Scenic Railroad

May 6 -8
Heritage Ohio Annual Awards and Conference
Bowling Green, discount registration before 4/18, $$$
Heritage Ohio

May 6
Celebration of Preservation
Ohio Theatre, 5:30 p.m.
Free to members, RSVP to 216-426-1000
Cleveland Restoration Society
AIA Cleveland

May 9
"The Civilian Conservation Corps"
Happy Days Lodge, 7:00 - 9:00 p.m., $
Cuyahoga Valley National Park
Cuyahoga Valley National Park Association


 Save the Date!

May 12 - 14
'08 Economic Development Regional Conference
US Department of Commerce
Economic Development Administration

May 14
"From Rust Belt to Artist Belt"
Cleveland State University
Glickman-Miller Hall, 1717 Euclid Avenue
Registration required, $$
Community Partnership for Arts and Culture

May 28 - 31
11th US/ICOMOS International Symposium
Washington, DC, registration is open, $$$


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