Several months ago, the National Park Service received two reports recommending changes to the historic tax credit program.  In response to these requests, the National Park System Advisory Board (NPSAB) worked with stakeholders to develop a recommendations report.  The National Park Service has prepared a draft response to the recommendations of the NPSAB Committee.  

Don’t miss your chance to comment on the National Park Service’s response to recommendations for changes -- this is your opportunity to help improve the program.  Recommendations for change are focused in the following areas:  

·         Interpretation of the Secretary’s Standards

·         Education, training, written and web based guidance

·         Large multiple building complexes 

Time is running out – the review period for the documents ends on Friday September 14thTake a moment to glance through the documents below, and provide the NPS with your feedback. Comments should be sent to NPS_HRTC_comments@nps.gov.  

1. Interpretation of the Standards
Windows 
Interior Treatments   
New Additions and New Construction   
Modern Day Requirements and New Technology     

2. Education, Training, Written
and Web-based Guidance
     

3. Very Large Multiple-Building Complexes

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Winging It in Buffalo: The city unveils a plan to take down its white elephants

Posted on: September 7th, 2007 by Preservation magazine

 

Downtown Buffalo’s gemsThere is no denying that Buffalo has seen better days. In the past 50 years, the city has lost some of its key industries, and, consequently, nearly half of its population. The result: tens of thousands of abandoned buildings.

Last July, Barbara Reed, the mother of a firefighter who was seriously injured while putting out an arson fire, wrote a letter to the Buffalo News offering a "mother's cure" for the problem: Take Down a House. She challenged the citizens of Buffalo to donate their own money to tear down the houses that the city could not afford to demolish. "I'm angry as to why this had to happen," she writes. "The equation is simple. Old houses plus fire (arson) equals potential danger and tragedy."

Reed's letter gives a voice to some residents' overwhelming sense of frustration as the city has grappled to find a solution to the problem. Since 1995, the city has demolished nearly 5,000 abandoned structures in an effort to curb blight and arson, but it estimates that there are as many as 10,000 more that need to be demolished.

Last month, the city announced a "Five by Five" program it hopes will bring its vacancy rate closer to five percent within five years by demolishing 1,000 buildings a year, a rate close to three demolitions a day.

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Beyond Green Building: Morning Roundup

Posted on: September 7th, 2007 by Patrice Frey

 

News to keep you in the know -- Energy Use and Policy

  • Coal Use To Grow Despite Green Concern  -- ENN.  Coal use grew by 30 percent in the last five years and future demand will likely fuel more power plant construction despite environmentalists' opposition, the head of U.S. coal mining company Peabody Energy said on Thursday.
  • U.S. Geothermal Energy Sector Promising  -- Reuters. Geothermal energy could fill a sizable chunk of United States electricity requirements if legislative, technological and other challenges are met, a senior U.S. Department of Energy official said.
  • APEC rift opens over climate change debate-- Reuters. Leaders at an Asia-Pacific summit appeared deadlocked on Thursday over what their "Sydney Declaration" on climate change and cutting greenhouse gas emissions should say. The Climate Change Wars.
  • GAO Faults Agencies Over Global Warming  - ENN.  GAO Criticizes federal agencies for lack of action on climate related issues.
  • Green Valley in WalMart's Back Yard  -- Washington Post.   Will Fayetteville " become to sustainability what Detroit is to the automotive industry and the Silicon Valley is to technology"??
  • Love it? Check the Label  -- NYT.   "Buy American" is back.

Green Building

  • Minnesota Creates Green Building Certification Program  The Minnesota GreenStar program is a new standards program that will certify environmentally friendly building practices for new and existing buildings alike, as well as remodeling and building addition projects.

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Beyond Green Building: Morning Roundup

Posted on: September 6th, 2007 by Patrice Frey

 

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Houston Shopping Center Partially Demolished

Posted on: September 5th, 2007 by Margaret Foster

 

River Oaks Shopping CenterIt's a city landmark, but it was partially demolished yesterday. Despite an appeal from National Trust President Richard Moe, the owner of Houston's River Oaks shopping center, Weingarten Realty, bulldozed part of the art deco structure yesterday to make way for a Barnes & Noble.

"Once the demolition started, they didn't waste any time. It was basically finished overnight," says David Bush, director of programs and information at the Greater Houston Preservation Alliance.

Read the back story on Preservation Online >>

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