Attention all Rhode Islanders…

Posted on: March 24th, 2008 by Patrice Frey

 

Another conference/workshop announcement -- this time for those of you in the Rhode Island area.  The Providence Preservation Society presents "Balancing Sustainability & Preservation: Protecting Environmental & Historic Resources" on April 2nd.  Visit http://www.ppsri.org/?section=events for the details. 

If you attend -- please visit my little corner of the PreservationNation blog again and share the highlights.   We'd love to hear about it.    

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Notes from New Orleans: Affordable Housing Shortage

Posted on: March 24th, 2008 by Walter Gallas

 

Mercy Corps’ Rick Denhart was told by the demolition contractor of the C.J. Peete housing development that 15 buildings in one quadrant of the site could be available for salvage, yet total demolition of the buildings seems to be proceeding. Meanwhile, one source told us the demolition of Lafitte was likely indefinitely stalled, yet a city source said the Lafitte demolition would occur.

The March 23 Sunday Times-Picayune ran a story on the precarious state of many affordable housing projects in New Orleans given the turmoil in the financial markets. An accompanying map indicated that phases of C. J. Peete and B. W. Cooper have closed on their financing, while Lafitte and St. Bernard have not. The map also shows that one phase of C.J.Peete is completed—which is not true. Developers are also caught in a bind with rising construction costs yet constraints on how much rent to charge on some units.

The Times-Picayune also acknowledged the shortage of affordable housing this week in a story about the thousands who lined up in Kenner to apply for Section 8 vouchers from the Kenner Housing Authority. “Many people in line said the post-Katrina shortage of affordable housing prompted them to ask for government help,” the story reports.

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Tomb of the Unknowns Update: Study Requires "Highly Experienced Specialists"

Posted on: March 21st, 2008 by National Trust for Historic Preservation 1 Comment

 

Shortly before Congress and President Bush enacted the temporary reprieve for the historic monument, the Army announced that it had “decided to pause” its effort to replace and discard the historic Tomb Monument “until … Congress has the opportunity to review the report.” The report is due at the end of July 2008.

In the meantime, the Army also announced that it was “considering repair of the Tomb Monument’s cracks[.] … If implemented, the repair … is part of the cyclical maintenance that is needed to preserve the Tomb Monument while we continue to explore long-term options.” Given the Army’s stubborn insistence that replacement is necessary, this announcement – under political pressure from Congress and thousands of Americans – is not reassuring to preservationists.

On March 13, therefore, the National Trust for Historic Preservation cautioned the Army and Department of Veterans Affairs that it is imperative that the personnel tasked with conducting the new study of the Tomb Monument be highly experienced specialists in the conservation of marble. For example, this expert must conduct technically sophisticated tests to assess the structural integrity of the monument, evaluate the feasibility of repairing the monument, and prepare cost estimates for repair versus replacement.

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Live in Maine? Got Old Windows? Check out this workshop

Posted on: March 21st, 2008 by Patrice Frey

 

A historic window repair workshop is planned for the 3rd of April in Farmington, Maine.  The workshop will be given by Maine Preservation -- you can learn more at http://morningsentinel.mainetoday.com/news/local/4883470.html

Those old windows can be made more energy efficient than you might think.  In fact, a study commissioned by NCPTT found that when repaired and weatherized properly, historic wood windows can be almost as energy efficient as new, thermally resistant windows.

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Notes from New Orleans: Historic Green

Posted on: March 20th, 2008 by Walter Gallas

 

Deconstruction of rear addition of property in the 5100 block of Dauphine Street in Holy Cross.For most of this month Historic Green is in town, an ambitious initiative which is combining the values of the historic preservation movement with those of the green building/sustainability movement. Last Saturday, Emily Wadhams, our Vice President of Public Policy, spoke about the National Trust for Historic Preservation’s Sustainability Initiative at a forum that was part of Historic Green’s activities in the Lower 9th Ward.

The deconstruction of 5200 Dauphine Street in Holy Cross.Also on the program were Rick Fedrizzi, president and CEO of the U.S. Green Building Council; Bill Dupont, UT-San Antonio professor and Trust consultant; and Rick and Hazel Denhart of Mercy Corps. The audience consisted of about 50 or 60 volunteers in town to work on various projects primarily in Holy Cross, including the deconstruction of some Preservation Resource Center Operation Comeback projects, which Emily, Bill, and I visited after the presentations.

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