Volunteers Needed For Citywide Historical Resources Survey

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The City of Davis is seeking volunteers to participate in a Citywide Historical Resources Survey. Citizens with interest in historic preservation, knowledge of Davis history, experience/knowledge in historic preservation, or simply want to volunteer to help with the survey, are encouraged to attend the Historical Resources Management Commission (HRMC) meeting on Monday, July 21, 2014 for more information. The meeting will be held at Hattie Weber Museum, 445 C Street, starting at 7:00 p.m.

At the meeting the HRMC will discuss the various volunteer positions and dates for volunteer training associated with the survey. Anticipated activities for volunteers include, but are not limited to, photographing buildings, helping with general research, and preparing report forms.

Volunteers will work under the direction of the consultant selected by the City and members of the HRMC. The HRMC is particularly interested in assistance from residents with long-term knowledge of the City and/or their neighborhood.

The survey, supported by the City Council, is funded by the State of California Office of Historic Preservation (OHP), which has awarded the City of Davis a 2014-2015 Certified Local Government (CLG) Grant in the amount of $40,000 to prepare a survey of all buildings within the Davis city limits constructed up to and before 1975.

The survey results will provide the City and property owners of buildings built before 1976 with historical information on the status of their properties. The survey will also update and consolidate information from three previous surveys, account for changes to existing historic buildings, and provide an efficient means for the City and the public to quickly ascertain the status (if any) of their properties prior to a property alteration project.

Currently, if a property owner wants to make major renovations to the exterior of their vintage home, they are required to pay for a private historical resources analysis, sometimes costing thousands of dollars, to ascertain the historic status of their property in order to proceed with renovation. Upon completion of the survey, property owners will not have to pay for private historical resources analysis, nor experience delays waiting for completion of such studies. This type of survey is common in California cities and counties with a preservation program.

The HRMC maintains historic resources inventory, recommends designation of historical resources, and reviews applications for alteration permits for historical structures. HRMC members include individuals with experience/knowledge in historic preservation and cultural heritage of Davis and/or have professional qualifications in architecture, history, prehistoric/historic archeology, urban planning, law, real estate, folklore, museum curation, conservation, landscape architecture, American studies and cultural geography. The Commission meets at 7:00 p.m. on the third Monday of each month at Hattie Weber Museum.

Interested volunteers may contact Ike Njoku, Planner/Historical Resources Manager, at (530) 757-5610, Ext 7230, or by email at injoku@cityofdavis.org for additional information.

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