We have canceled the Hazardous Materials & Safety Workshop scheduled to be held at Arthurdale on July 26.
We plan to reschedule sometime this Fall.
Stay tuned for more information!
Below is a copy of the letter PAWV is sending to Senator Manchin. We will tweak it slightly before sending it to Senator Rockefeller, as he is a member of the Senate Finance Committee. Please feel free to send this letter to the Senators and ask them to fight to preserve the Federal Rehabilitation Tax Credit during tax reform.
Dear Senator Manchin,
This is Danielle LaPresta, Executive Director of Preservation Alliance of West Virginia (PAWV). On behalf of the Board of Directors and PAWV members, I am writing to ask you to submit the Federal Rehabilitation Tax Credit to the Senate Finance Committee during tax reform discussions. Please ask the Committee to renew the Federal Rehabilitation Tax Credit because it is an economic engine supporting private investment, and it creates good jobs.
The Federal Rehabilitation Tax Credit makes a positive impact. It levels the playing field in terms of the cost to rehabilitate existing buildings versus the cost and incentives for new construction. Preservation projects are known to revitalize neighborhoods, support local economies, and create lasting improvements. Also, we know that in West Virginia, and in 30 other states, the state government increases the effects of the federal investment with State Rehabilitation Tax Credits. Please do not let this valuable tool be eliminated during tax reform.
The Federal Rehabilitation Tax Credit is a worthwhile investment for the federal government. It has generated over $66 million dollars of private investment into historic buildings and communities. Revitalization projects such as the adaptive re-use of First Ward School in Elkins, the renovation of the old Wheeling Public Library, the preservation of downtown Lewisburg, and the development of heritage tourism sites in Jefferson County demonstrate how historic preservation works in West Virginia’s communities. As developers have told me on numerous occasions, without the Tax Credit, these revitalization projects would not be possible. Additionally, the Tax Credit has created 2.4 million quality and higher paying jobs in the country to date with an estimated 75% coming from within the project’s region. The Tax Credit has proven its usefulness and necessity, time and time again.
I urge you to submit the Federal Rehabilitation Tax Credit to the Senate Finance Committee during tax reform discussions. It represents a greater return than investment for the federal government; generating $25.9 billion while costing $20.5 billion. When a historic building no longer meets the needs for which it was built, the Tax Credit provides additional investment to bring new life to the building and to our communities.
If you have any questions about the content in this letter, please do not hesitate to contact me. We need incentives like the Tax Credit in West Virginia, and I hope you will argue for this Tax Credit during tax reform.
We are pleased to announce that Donovan Rypkema will be a workshop instructor at the 2013 Statewide Historic Preservation Mini-Conference to be held in Morgantown, September 20-21, 2013. Rypkema will bring a fresh voice and extensive experience to how historic preservation can address the many economic development and revitalization challenges West Virginia faces. Government officials, developers, and planners are encouraged to attend, as are historic preservationists, architects, and community citizens.
The workshop will focus on bringing investments to West Virginia and will cover three different but interrelated elements of historic preservation: incentives, adaptive re-use, and rightsizing. Specific attention will be paid to what historic preservation incentives are, how they work, and the public policy justification for providing direct or indirect public resources for private assets. Additionally, Rypkema will explain how historic preservation works for the private sector and ways to re-use historic buildings when they no longer meet the needs for which they were built. The final segment of the workshop will look at the challenges of a declining population and if and how historic preservation is part of the efforts for rightsizing.
Rypkema is an expert in the economics of historic preservation and is the Principal of PlaceEconomics, a real estate and economic investment firm based in Washington D.C. He has given workshops in 48 states, and this September will be his first workshop in West Virginia. This workshop will be held on Saturday, September 21, 2013 from 9 am – 5 pm at the Monongalia Arts Center in Morgantown. AICP certified planners can earn 6.5 Certificate Maintenance credits during the workshop. Register before September 6th, and the cost of the workshop for PAWV members is $25. Nonmembers can attend the workshop for $40. Online registration information is available at http://www.pawv.org.
PAWV will host other activities over the weekend, including a Civil War Walking Tour of downtown Morgantown and the annual Historic Preservation Awards Banquet. The banquet will be held at the historic Hotel Morgan, and Rypkema will join participants for a keynote speech. For more information on activities and registration, visit www.pawv.org, email firstname.lastname@example.org, or call 724-322-8959. There are also volunteer opportunities for discounted entry.
Mark your calendars for the Mini-Conference September 20-21 in Morgantown, West Virginia.
We are excited to announce the release of our 2013 Mini-Conference Brochure this week. We have two days of informative workshops and lots of fun activities. We’ll be in downtown Morgantown the entire weekend, and you’ll have the prime opportunity to dine and shop in many locally owned restaurants and stores.
View the full brochure and register online HERE! Early bird registration ends September 6th!
Want to Volunteer?
Volunteer registration opportunities available! Help us with a few tasks during the mini-conference and enjoy an extremely discounted entry fee!
Special Sponsorship Opportunity Available for the Awards Banquet
For the awards banquet, sponsor a table for you and your friends, and you’ll receive 8 prime seats at the banquet and 8 free entries to the Saturday workshop of your choice. Learn how HERE!
Need to Stay Overnight?
Special discounted hotel accommodations available for out-of-town attendees. Book a room at the Hotel Morgan prior to August 15th under the PAWV block to receive a discounted price of $99 + tax/night.
Reservations are available for Friday, September 20, and Saturday, September 21. Enjoy suites with Wi-Fi, king-size beds, spacious bathrooms, and a continental breakfast. Call 304.292.8200 to book your room today!
Read the Preservation Alliance’s July E-newsletter:
Applications for the Preservation Alliance of West Virginia’s (PAWV) PreserveWV AmeriCorps program are being sought. PAWV is accepting applications for nine full-time and two half-time AmeriCorps members to serve for an 11 ½ – 12 month period with the expected start date of September 30, 2013.
This statewide service initiative will promote cultural heritage tourism and enhance historic resource re-use and redevelopment projects in West Virginia. Particular focus will be placed on non-profit capacity building through organizational policy development, volunteer management, and community engagement. AmeriCorps members’ service will contribute to West Virginia’s economic development and environmental stewardship through historic preservation.
Preservation Alliance of West Virginia (PAWV) is giving an instructional workshop about Hazardous Materials in Historic Buildings on Friday, July 26th at Arthurdale Heritage Center from 11am – 5pm. Lynn Stasick, PAWV Statewide Field Representative and EPA-certified lead paint renovator will be the instructor for the workshop. The content will focus on common hazardous materials found in historic buildings including lead paint, mold/mildew, and asbestos. Lynn will provide safety and mitigation tips for dealing with all three of these common hazards. The workshop will explain and quell myths about these common issues. It will also help participants to design plans to approach these problems.
Participants will also be led on a tour of a PAWV 2012 Endangered Site, the Arthurdale School Buildings, to investigate the hazards discussed during the workshop.
The workshop is free for PAWV members and WV Endangered Property Site Representatives, and lunch will be provided for a $10 fee. There is a $15 fee to attend the workshop for non-members.
For more information and to register, contact email@example.com.
By Danielle, Executive Director
It’s the close of National Historic Preservation Month, but summer is just getting started. It’s beautiful and warm in West Virginia. Take in the historic sites in West Virginia this summer! There’s so much to see.
By Danielle, Executive Director
Preservation Alliance of West Virginia is very lucky to have a historic preservation expert and EPA-certified lead paint renovator as its Statewide Field Representative. Lynn Stasick’s contracting expertise and knowledge of historic properties has helped countless people all over the state in their efforts to rehabilitate and re-use historic properties.
Preservation Alliance is always thinking of new ways to use Lynn’s skills to help others while in the field. Lynn frequently gives historic window rehabilitation workshops (in fact, there are two coming up this June).
During the windows workshops, Lynn explains the best practices for rehabilitating wooden windows according to the National Park Service’s Class I, II, and III methods of historic windows restoration and gives a step-by-step demonstration for restoration and weatherization. Frequently, Lynn allows time during the workshop for hands-on training, and participants have a chance to see how easy it can be to rehabilitate a window. Recently, we’ve thought of a new way to help people and organizations wanting to tackle a historic preservation project and address their concerns over taking on such a project.
In honor of Historic Preservation Month, Preservation Alliance tried something different. Lynn developed a new workshop focused on hazardous materials and safety in historic buildings, and the preservation-minded folks in Lewisburg hosted our workshop in the Lewisburg City Council Chambers. Following the presentation, we all took a short walk over to the Sears House – a 2013 WV Endangered Property – to get a first hand look at best practices in safely approaching a historic building.
This workshop really hit close to home for the participants and for us. One of the most common concerns that we hear from fledgling preservationists is their worries over hazardous materials – the bad words in historic preservation: lead paint, asbestos, and mold/mildew. We wanted to create an open conversation about these hazards and let people explain their concerns. Throughout the presentation, Lynn explained the real safety issues associated with these three problem areas and devoted time to quelling myths and educating participants about how to properly mitigate and safely work in historic buildings with these hazards. Much was learned by all!
One of the workshop participants, Margaret Hambrick of the Greenbrier County Historical Society taught us something too. Margaret explained that in West Virginia, prior to ANY renovation or demolition permits being issued, one must perform a test to check for asbestos. We’ve often heard the excuse that people do not want to engage in historic preservation projects primarily because of asbestos mitigation, but even if one wants to demolish an old building, she/he must still test for asbestos. As we’ve seen numerous times, many people have strong impressions about working with historic buildings, but they do not have always have all the facts.
Initially, when we developed the plan for the Safety and Hazardous Materials Workshop, we made it open only to representatives from sites listed on the WV Endangered Properties List. We see the value in having an intimate group participate in a workshop and want participants to have chances to share their thoughts, fears, and knowledge on the topic. However, we have since decided not to limit our next workshop, which is scheduled for July 26 in Arthurdale from 11am – 5pm. If you would like to join us at the next Safety and Hazardous Materials Workshop, please send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org. There is a $10 fee for lunch, and Preservation Alliance members may attend the workshop for free. If you are not a member, there is a $15 fee. The presentation will be followed by a look at the Arthurdale School Buildings – 2012 WV Endangered Property.
Want to schedule a workshop in your community? Send an email to email@example.com. We are always happy to travel to new places and work with new faces.
By Danielle LaPresta
Preserving a historic building requires special skills that can be difficult but often can be easily learned by anyone. Rehabilitating historic plaster is not a simple task, but rehabilitating historic wood windows can be. In keeping with our video trend for Historic Preservation Month, here is a video about the simplicity of rehabilitating historic wooden windows with Lynn Stasick, historic preservation expert, EPA-certified lead paint renovator, and Preservation Alliance’s Statewide Field Representative.
Many people who own historic homes think that replacing historic wooden windows with vinyl windows is the most cost effective and energy efficient solution to their problems with air infiltration and loss of heat.
This really is NOT the case! Evidence suggests that maintaining existing windows can be considerably more cost effective over the option of replacement windows both in payback time and the life of the units themselves. Although one may achieve some energy savings, it will take decades (and believe it or not, in some cases centuries) to recoup the initial investment on certain replacement windows.
Additionally, there are a number of options to increase the energy efficiency of your current windows such as adding weatherization strips and a storm window.
Still not convinced you need to save your historic wooden windows? Read more about it in Lynn’s article.
Feel like the job might be too large for you? We promise, it’s not! You can learn first hand from our expert field representative during up-coming windows workshops this June, or you can always host a low-cost workshop at your home.
The up-coming workshops are:
Saturday, June 8 at Camp Wood near White Sulphur Springs, WV
Saturday, June 15 in Romney, WV.
Questions? Contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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