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Page 4A EWS Hays Free Press • April 10, 2013 + + Kyle (512) 268-5282 2 1 1 Elnthurs! l)r. Snite E Kyle, TX 78640 Enjoy the Sounds of Life Again. + HAYS FREE PRESS FILE PHOTO Nominations for the Historic Preservation Award will be given in for Residential, Exterior Restoration for Mixed Use/Commercial, ible New Structure. four separate categories: Exterior Restoration Adaptive Re-use and Architecturally Compat- BY MOSES LEOS III their efforts toward preserving history. However, the city and the commission hold the pow- er to revoke the award should Get your hammers and lad- the owner make any changes ders out and ready for work. or restorations that are consid- The call for restoring proper- ered"inappropriate." ties of historical significance Commission members say within Buda has been made. they understand that many At its April 2 meeting, the property owners will nominate Buda City Council unanimous- themselves at the beginning of lyapproved a Historic Preserva- this project. However, they also tion Award, which honors resi- said they think the project will dential, commercial and mixed bring in different stories about use properties that best restore the history of some buildings. and improve the historic ap- "We want people to provide as pearance of their structures, much data as possible," said The award is the brainchild of Wensowitch. "We want the the Buda City Council and the owners to coax the stories from Buda Historical Preservation their buildings." Commission. The ultimate goal is to have "We have great tenants, third-party sources regularly property owners and citizens nominate commercial and res- that recognize the fact we have idential properties. great resources to preserve the Currently, the city has opted historic fabric of the Buda," to hand out one award each said Historic Preservation year in the following catego- Commission Chairman Nate ries: Wensowitch. "This award is a • Exterior Restoration for 'thank you' to the foils who are Residential - Restoration of a working hard to save history." residential structure that best The award also allows the respects the historic fabric of city to work on further improv- the property, as well as utilizes ing the economic develop- techniques and materials with- merit, both in the commercial in the properties' time period. and residential aspect. "This • Exterior Restoration for award could spur develop- Mixed Use/Commercial-Res- ment within the community," toration of commercial prop- said Mayor Todd Ruge, who erty, which also respects the was most in favor of this award historic value of the property at themeeting, and utilizes techniques and Further restoring the his- materials that fall within the toric appeal of many structures time period. within the city is the primary • Adaptive Re-use - where goal of the Historic Preserva- structures are converted from tion Award, with the idea of originaluse, while still employ- creating awareness, Wensow- ing the historic feel of the origi- itch said. nal structure. The award process begins ฐ Architecturally Compatible with an application that prop- New Structure - Recognizing erty owners can fill out, or new structures that pay hom- property owners can also be age to the historic feel of the nominated by a third-party properties aroundthem. source. The application re- Five members of the com- quires both residential and mission along with the city commercial property owners council will judge the entries. to submit photographs of their They score both commercial restoration, as well as provide and residential properties on a reasoning for the property's lO0-point rubric, are based on: nomination. 1. That the restoration proj- When selected, the owner of ect is sensitive to the historic the property will receive an of- character of the structure, as ficial marker, which designates well as the architecture and make up of the property. 2. Materials and techniques used to restore the property adhere to the style of the origi- nal time period. 3. Measure how much dif- ficulty the restoration/renova- tion project faced. 4. How much impact the project has on the community, as well as the historic appeal of Buda. Additionally, how much leadership and organization went into the project. Commercial properties also are scored on one final crite- rion, which is how much fund- ing the project receives from the Buda Improvement Grant (BIG). That is determined by a formula, which takes the amount of the BIG and di- vides that by the total proj- ect amount. That dividend is then multiplied by 100, giving the commission a percentage of how much of the BIG was used. That percentage is then subtracted. "The commis- sion agreed that commercial property owners and tenants use their ow!! fund restoration, as oppose~ to the BIG grant," said Wensowitch, who added that this was not to penalize. Rather, it is to en- sure that property owners fund these projects on their own, said Wensowitch. According to Ruge, the city is discussing possibly giving out more than one award in each category per year, since there is a potential for a consider- able backlog of nominations. Still, Ruge was convinced that citizens and business owners alike would make an effort to preserve the historic appeal. "When there is an award to be won, people will make an effort to win," Ruge said. The ability for Buda to fur- ther preserve the historic feel of the city is the greatest aspect in the mind ofWensowitch. "Buda is fortunate to have a great his- torical fabric," Wensowitch said. "They are fortunate to have citizens who appreciate what they have, and that it will be there when they leave." 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