INDEPENDENCE, Mo. – Council members tonight approved a resolution supporting a grant application for $20,000 focused on the City of Independence’s historic preservation efforts. The Historic Preservation Fund grant, offered by the Missouri State Historic Preservation Office, will be used to hire a consultant to assist with the update of the City’s Preservation Component of the Comprehensive Plan. This plan was last updated in 2000. The new plan will be a free-standing document, independent of the City’s Comprehensive Plan, and will be titled the “Independence Historic Preservation Master Plan.”
“History is a huge part of who we are as Independence,” Mayor Eileen Weir said. “This grant will help us map out the future of our preservation needs as a community while ensuring that our future clearly keeps these important areas in mind.”
The new plan will promote sustainable growth and economic development by identifying current and potential financial incentives for the rehabilitation of historic buildings. The consultant will also assist staff in the city-wide identification of historic resources that are 45 years of age or older and make recommendations for their preservation. It is hoped this new plan, focused solely on historic preservation, will further the goals created by the Council in Independence for All, the new strategic plan found online anytime at indep.us/indep4all.
If awarded, the grant will begin in spring 2018 and should be completed within a year. Public engagement will be an important part of the process to update the plan and public feedback will be solicited via a series of public meetings as well as social media.