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Mt. Pleasant Historic District Commission (HDC)

Purpose

The purpose of the Mt. Pleasant Historic District Commission (HDC) is to safeguard the heritage of the City of Mt. Pleasant by preserving one or more districts which reflect elements of the city’s cultural, social, economic, political or architectural history. The Historic District Commission will also preserve historic landmarks in the City; stabilize and improve property values in such districts; foster civic beauty; strengthen the local economy; and promote the use of historic districts for the education, pleasure, and welfare of the citizens of the City.

SEEKING NOMINATIONS

 The City of Mt. Pleasant's Historic District Commission (HDC) is currently seeking nominations for the 2017 Historic Preservation Improvement Awards. 

The awards are presented each year to honor exterior improvements of residential and commercial properties in the City of Mt. Pleasant in four areas – Preservation, Restoration, New Construction or Downtown Historic District Choice. Nominated properties must be at least 25 years old, and the improvements must have been completed between Jan. 1 and Dec. 31, 2016.

The HDC will evaluate applications that best reflect the Secretary of Interior’s Standards for the Treatment of Historic Properties, which can be found at http://www.nps.gov/tps/standards.htm.Winners will be announced in May as part of National Historic Preservation month.

The standards are a series of concepts about maintaining, repairing, and replacing historic materials, as well as designing new additions or making alterations. The guidelines offer general design and technical recommendations to assist in applying the standards to a specific property. Together, they provide framework and guidance for decision-making about work or changes to a historic property.

This is your chance to recognize and express appreciation to people who take care of their property and who make your neighborhood a great place to live.

For more information, contact Downtown Development Director Michelle Sponseller at (989) 779-5348 or msponseller@mt-pleasant.org.

Award Overview

Nomination Form

Timeline of the Mt. Pleasant Historic District Commission

January 28, 1991

Establishment of a Historic District Study Committee to review the “historic significance of areas in Mt. Pleasant”.

May 22, 2006

Establishment of a Historic District Study Committee to review “parcels A and B in the West Revitalization project”.

November 13, 2006

Approval of the Borden Creamery Historic District ordinance, creation of the related local historic district and the Mt. Pleasant Historic District Commission.

August 13, 2012

Completes and provides to the City Commission the “North Central Campus Neighborhood” report.

March 11, 2013

City Commission approves the bid to hire Quinn Evans Architects to assist in writing the Downtown National Historic District nomination

June 2013 – November 2013

Site visits are conducted to the proposed Downtown National Register Historic District and research is conducted through the Isabella County archives, Chippewa River District Library and Central Michigan University’s Clarke Historical Library.

February 7, 2014 – August 4, 2014

Four drafts of the Downtown National Register Historic District nomination are completed.

August 25, 2014

City Commission approves expansion of Historic District Commission function to include additional projects such as awards for renovations, downtown historic guidelines, applications for revolving loan funds, review of ZBA requests pertaining to historic properties and assistance with bronze art and plaques.

September 8, 2014

City Commission approves resolution in support of Downtown Mt. Pleasant National Register of Historic Places nomination.

September 19, 2014

Michigan Historic Preservation Review Board considers and approves the nomination of the Downtown Mt. Pleasant Historic District, recommending approval of the nomination by the National Park Service.

November 11, 2014

Began creating the Design Guidelines for Downtown Mt. Pleasant document. The Design Guidelines for Downtown Mt. Pleasant are being developed to give direction to public and private improvements within Mt. Pleasant’s downtown. The guidelines serve as a basis for common decision‐making among businesses, property owners, developers, and City government. They also outline an approach for creating a coordinated design theme for downtown that is simple and elegant and encourage designs that are complementary to the current fabric of the city’s core. While contributing to this coordinated approach, the guidelines encourage the use of design to highlight individuality within an overall framework. The guidelines also embody flexibility to respond to the varying conditions found in an urban environment, and allow for the introduction of new materials and techniques.

December 15, 2014

National Park Service approve the nomination of the Downtown Mt. Pleasant Historic District.

Downtown Mt. Pleasant Historic District

The Downtown Mt. Pleasant Historic District, roughly bounded by Mosher, Franklin, Illinois and Washington Streets, was listed in the National Register of Historic Places on December 15, 2014 by the National Park Service. The Downtown Mt. Pleasant Historic District is the heart of the city's central business and civic district and contains the earliest part of Mt. Pleasant’s growth. It retains a high concentration of properties that represent the commercial, cultural and governmental development of Mt. Pleasant from the late 19th-century to the present day. The buildings within the district includes 19th-and-20th-century brick commercial buildings with commercial storefronts composed of cast iron, brick, wood and glass, as well as notable examples of civic architecture. The district is composed of 46 buildings and other historic resources encompassing approximately eight blocks. The National Register of Historic Places is the nation’s official list of cultural resources deemed worthy of preservation. Authorized under the National Historic Preservation Act of 1966, the National Register is part of a federal program to coordinate and support public and private efforts to identify, evaluate and protect the country’s historic and archaeological resources. Listing on the National Register affords properties a measure of protection from the possible impact of federally funded projects, as well as access to technical expertise and grant funds to facilitate restoration and preservation. Properties may also be eligible for federal tax benefits for rehabilitation work. Visit www.nps.gov/nr/ to learn more about the National Register of Historic Places. Click here to read the Downtown Mt. Pleasant National Register of Historic Places nomination.

Current Members of the Historic District Commission

Marcie Otteman-Grawburg, Chair (12/31/17)

Candace Johnson (12/31/17)

Aimee Goodreau, Vice Chair (12/31/15)

Elizabeth VanDorin (12/31/15)

Lisa Ferden (12/31/16)

Lara Raisanen (12/31/16)

Vacant (12/31/16)

Historic District Commission Meetings
5:00pm on the second Tuesday of the month (every other month) in conference room E at City Hall (lower level)

For more information contact Michelle Sponseller, staff liaison to the Historic District Commission, at (989) 779-5348 or msponseller@mt-pleasant.org

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