A total of $4,200 has been awarded to Chickamauga to perform a first phase of a city historic resources survey. The grants are provided through the Historic Preservation Fund from the U.S. Department of the Interior's National Park Service and are administered by the Historic Preservation Division (HPD) of the Georgia Department of Natural Resources.
Based on the 60-40 design of the grant, the $4,200 awarded will cover 60 percent of the estimated $7,000 cost of the survey, with the city of Chickamauga picking up the tab for the $2,800 remainder.
Jim Staub, planning and development director for the city of Chickamauga, explained that the survey will help influence the city’s planning efforts for years to come.
“Its primary intent is to create a historic database of structures to assist in their preservation so that they can be considered in future planning efforts in the city of Chickamauga,” he said.
The survey will include historic structures that are 50 years or older and are located within the downtown business district or the national preservation district within the city. Some included buildings are Gordon-Lee High School, the railroad depot and the Chickamauga City Schools administration building as well as residential structures such as the Jewel Mansion
Staub expects that the city will soon find a contractor for the project, which is slated to begin in August of this year and be completed by July 2013.