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  • Blue Springs beginning historical survey of downtown

  • Over the years, there have been several attempts to revitalize the downtown area in Blue Springs. Through a new effort that was recently started, revitalization is not the only issue being discussed.

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  • Over the years, there have been several attempts to revitalize the downtown area in Blue Springs. Through a new effort that was recently started, revitalization is not the only issue being discussed.
    “Downtown Blue Springs is trying to become relevant again in the Blue Springs community,” said Michael Peterman, principal planner for the city. “The goal of this process is to also inform the public about the survey of the architectural resources in downtown Blue Springs.”
    The Historic Preservation Commission is working on a Downtown Historic Survey. Helping with the project is Rosin Preservation LLC, a professional consultant.
    Over the next few weeks and months, a project team will be looking at archival research as well as getting out into the downtown area to document the historic properties in the area. The survey area is concentrated from Missouri 7 west to 19th Street and from Main Street south to Walnut Street.
    Peterman said this documentation will include taking photos of the historical properties as well as including information about the condition of the buildings and any changes that have been made. The idea is to create a record of historical buildings for the city to use in preservation planning and community development efforts. It can also help to identify potential historic districts within the area being surveyed. The survey is being funded through a grant from the Missouri Department of Natural Resources, Site Historic Preservation Office.
    After the survey portion has been completed, Rosin Preservation will be working with volunteers to research the history of each building. All of the information will then be compiled for analysis. By analyzing all of the data, the city, along with Rosin Preservation, will be able to see which buildings could be eligible for the National Register as well as other planning purposes. Those buildings on the National Register receive additional protection and could be eligible for preservation incentives.
    An initial meeting was held Jan. 23 to discuss the survey process. A follow up meeting will be held in a few months once the consultant has finished. Information will then be provided to the community on what was found.
    “I believe the community will be interested to learn about the consultant who is performing the survey and what exactly the survey will consist of,” Peterman said. “If people are interested in helping with historic preservation efforts, the Blue Springs Historical Society is a great avenue for citizens to become more involved in the historical preservation efforts in Blue Springs.”
    For more information on the Downtown Historic Survey or to provide photographs, contact Peterman at 816-228-0142.
     
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