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Wednesday, January 30, 2013

Honolulu Authority for Rapid Transportation (HART) Invites Owners of Historic Properties to a Free Workshop

Presentation on preservation programs, funding sources to be held Feb. 12

A free public educational workshop about historic property stewardship, including funding sources and economic incentive programs, will be held on Tuesday, February 12, 2013, 4 – 7 p.m., at the Hawai‘i Community Development Authority office, 461 Cooke Street, Honolulu.

The workshop is sponsored by the Honolulu Authority for Rapid Transportation (HART), and will include information about the benefits of listing historic properties in the National and State of Hawaii Registers of Historic Places.   Designated historic properties are eligible for tax and other incentives to preserve the property.  The workshop will cover:

1) Eligibility determination for the historic registers;
2) The process to list a property in the National and State Registers of Historic Places;
3) Benefits and responsibilities of historic designation;
4) Financial incentives available for listed properties;
5) Existing resources available for pursuing these options; and
6) Guidelines for historic rehabilitation projects. 

In addition to the overview about historic preservation programs and responsibilities, the workshop will also include a special presentation specifically for properties eligible to apply for funding from the Honolulu Rail Transit Project’s Historic Preservation Fund (HPF) Program.  The HPF Program includes $2 million dollars to fund selected projects over a period of two years that will repair, preserve, rehabilitate, or restore the exterior of selected eligible properties along the rail transit corridor.

Eligible properties include individual properties or contributing properties to a historic district located within the area of potential effect for the transit project that are listed in or eligible for listing in the National Register of Historic Places.

For more information, please contact the Honolulu Authority for Rapid Transportation at 808-768-6240.

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