Planning for Preservation project

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Over the last nine months, the Muscatine County Historic Preservation Commission has worked to complete the Planning for Preservation project for Muscatine County.Local residents and property owners are invited to attend a presentation on the results and recommendations of the preservation planning process on Thursday April 20 at 6:30 p.m. at the Environmental Learning Center at 3330 Cedar Street on the northwest side of Muscatine.

The Muscatine County Historic Preservation Commission is an appointedcounty organization that has worked in Muscatine County over the last four years. The organization received a Certified Local Government (CLG) grant in spring 2016 to conduct this Planning for Preservation project to look towards planning future historic preservation projects, such as research and documentation of historic buildings, neighborhoods, and rural properties throughout Muscatine County. Rebecca Lawin McCarley of SPARK Consulting in Davenport was hired to coordinate the planning process and provide professional recommendations.

The focus has been on county resources outside of Muscatine, which is served by the Muscatine Historic Preservation Commission. Historic resources in rural areas and towns throughout all 14 townships in Muscatine County have been included in the planning process and preliminary survey work, including West Liberty, Wilton, Nichols, Atalissa, Moscow, Stockton, Pleasant Prairie, Montpelier, Fairport, Sweetland Center, Conesville, Fruitland, and Cranston.

Through the Planning for Preservation project, the process of identifying historic resources, neighborhoods, and communities has begun.Neighborhoods and communities have been recommended for future survey projects to better research and identify significant historic properties in Muscatine County. If the evaluation process determines individual properties or neighborhoods have historic significance and integrity, then they are eligible for nomination to the National Register of Historic Places.

Additional information on the recommendations of the Planning for Preservation project, potential future survey projects, and the National Register of Historic Places will be presented at the meeting on Thursday April 20 at 6:30 p.m. at the Environmental Learning Center. All interested Muscatine County residents and property owners are encouraged to attend.