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Historic homes in Willamette receive a boost thanks to new grant funds

Some overdue home projects are getting done in the historic Willamette neighborhood thanks to some grant funding.

Last year, the city of West Linn established a grant program using some Certified Local Government (CLG) funding. The $6,000 was used to match projects for the rehabilitation or restoration of National Register homes. The CLG funds are only available every two years.

The grant was open to all National Register homes in the Willamette Falls Historic District, according to Sara Javoronok, West Linn associated planner. Fliers were sent to all eligible properties with information on the grants.

Of the approximately 80 homes in the local historic district, about 40 were eligible for the grants.

Six homeowners applied and four homes received grant funds for a variety of work to maintain their historic homes' integrity.

Because homes on the historic register are held to higher standards than other homes, projects tend to be costlier. The grants help offset some of those extra costs, according to Javoronok.

For the projects to qualify for the matched funding, of up to $2,000 per household, the projects had to restore historic integrity by removing incompatible features or replacing missing features. Secondary considerations were projects that restored or replaced incompatible features on elevations not visible to the public and smaller features such as porch parts, columns, stairs, newel posts or chimneys. All the projects had to be on the exterior of the home and not new construction.

One approved project was replacing windows with stained glass replicas of original windows on a Queen Anne stick style home built around 1895 on the 1800 block of Fifth Avenue. The homeowners were awarded $1,200.

A 1912 bungalow on the 1600 block of Sixth Avenue received $800 to restore and rehabilitate brackets, replace windows, remove carpet and repair a deck.

A home on the 1800 block of Sixth Avenue received $2,000 for the opening and replacing of a window, door replacement, foundation work and façade replacement. The home is vernacular style, circa 1911-1922.

An 1895 Victorian on the 1800 block of Sixth Avenue received $2,000 to remove and replace artificial siding.

All projects must be completed by July 31 for reimbursement.

According to the city's 2012 long-range planning goals, staff would like to continue the city's half of this program in the off grant cycle year and apply again in 2013 for more CLG funding.

Oregon City, Albany and Forest Grove have similar grant programs and Lake Oswego just started a grant program.




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