The Juneau Townsite Historic Neighborhood is a mixed-use commercial and residential neighborhood, located between the Downtown and Chicken Ridge historic districts. This ordinance would appropriate $24,000 of grant funding to survey and inventory approximately 87 structures in the area and document their historical significance. This survey will determine whether the Juneau Townsite Historic Neighborhood is eligible to be listed on the National Register of Historic Places. The benefits of becoming a listed district include access to Historic Tax credits and Historic Preservation Fund grants. These benefits would be available for property owners for rehabilitation and maintenance work.
CBJ’s Community Development Department, City Museum, and Historic Resources Advisory Committee will partner with a historic architecture consultant to perform the scope of work for this project. Total project costs are estimated to be $41,659. The 40% local match requirement will be met with CBJ personnel service costs, for which expenditure authority has already been appropriated in the FY22 operating budget.
The Historic Resources Advisory Committee recommended CBJ staff apply for this grant at the February 3, 2021 meeting. The Systemic Racism Review Committee will review this request at the September 14, 2021 meeting.