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Fort Smith

Arkansas Gov. Asa Hutchin­son an­nounced re­cently that the Arkansas His­toric Preser­va­tion Pro­gram, an agency of the Depart­ment of Arkansas Her­itage, has awarded $2,824,799 in grants for projects in 47 Arkansas coun­ties — in­clud­ing Se­bas­tian County — through its County Court­house Restora­tion Grant, His­toric Preser­va­tion Restora­tion Grant and Main Street Down­town Re­vi­tal­iza­tion Grant pro­grams.

The Fort Chaf­fee Re­de­vel­op­ment Au­thor­ity re­ceived a $86,609 His­toric Preser­va­tion Restora­tion Grant to up­grade elec­tric­ity and plumb­ing and to make the circa 1942 Bar­rack 823 ac­ces­si­ble. The Fort Smith Her­itage Foun­da­tion re­ceived a $45,067 HPRG for porch restora­tion at the ca. 1880 W.H.H. Clay­ton House. The Fort Smith Down­town Net­work re­ceived a $1,000 Down­town Re­vi­tal­iza­tion Grant.

Thirty-one projects shared $960,853 in His­toric Preser­va­tion Restora­tion Grants (HPRG), which dis­trib­ute funds raised through the Real Es­tate Trans­fer Tax to re­ha­bil­i­tate build­ings listed on the Arkansas or Na­tional Reg­is­ters of His­toric Places and owned by lo­cal gov­ern­ments or not­for-profit or­ga­ni­za­tions. Grant re­quests to­taled $1,357,911.

Other HPRG re­cip­i­ents, the amount of their grants, and the prop­er­ties to be re­stored, were Mount Salem School/ Church in Lo­gan County, $1,683 to re­place non-his­toric win­dows; Boys and Girls Club of Lit­tle Rock, $20,000 to re­store the rock bridges near La­mar Porter Field in Lit­tle Rock; Carnegie Pub­lic Li­brary, $12,325 to re­store the ter­race porch at the li­brary in Eureka Springs; City of Hope, $46,667 to re­store the Girl Scout Lit­tle House; City of Lit­tle Rock, $100,000 for porch restora­tion at the MacArthur Mu­seum of Arkansas Mil­i­tary His­tory and $24,986 to re­store a gate at Oak­land-Fra­ter­nal Ceme­tery; City of Menifee, $70,000 for restora­tion work at the Menifee Gym­na­sium; City of North Lit­tle Rock, $17,136 for restora­tion work at the Park Hill Ad­min­is­tra­tion Build­ing; City of Osce­ola, $21,000 to re­point ma­sonry at the Cos­ton Build­ing; City of Paragould, $9,999 for a con­di­tion assess­ment at the Lin­wood Ceme­tery Mau­soleum; City of Quit­man, $14,666 for roof restora­tion at the O.D. Gunn Sale and Trade Barn; City of Searcy, $20,000 for a con­di­tion assess­ment of the Rialto Theater; City of Sul­phur Springs, $33,733 for win­dow restora­tion at the Sul­phur Springs School Build­ing; City of War­ren, $74,532 for restora­tion work at the War­ren & Oua­chita Val­ley Rail­road Sta­tion; Clark County Li­brary, $26,666 for roof, win­dow and col­umn restora­tion at the li­brary in Arkadel­phia; Faulkner County Mu­seum, $20,000 for win­dow restora­tion at the former Faulkner County Jail in Con­way; He­lena Mu­seum of Phillips County, $50,000 for ma­sonry restora­tion at the mu­seum in He­lena-West He­lena; Lutheran Camp on Pe­tit Jean, $17,071 for restora­tion work on Trin­ity Lutheran Church; Nor­man His­toric Preser­va­tion Pro­gram, Inc., $20,000 for elec­tri­cal up­grades at Nor­man High School; Old In­de­pen­dence Re­gional Mu­seum, $53,614 for roof restora­tion on the former Na­tional Guard ar­mory in Batesville; Oua­chita County His­tor­i­cal So­ci­ety, $26,353 for restora­tion work at the McCol­lum-Chidester House in Cam­den; Qua­paw Quar­ter United Methodist Church, $60,000 for tower and para­pet re­pair at the former Win­field United Methodist Church in Lit­tle Rock; Richard L. Kitchens Amer­i­can Le­gion Post 41 in He­lena-West He­lena, $16,107 for restora­tion work at the Le­gion Hut; Shady Grove Del­mar His­tor­i­cal Prop­erty As­so­ci­a­tion, $20,266 for restora­tion work at the Shady Grove Church; Union School/ Church, $10,000 for restora­tion work at the Union School in Lo­gan County; Wood Av­enue Pres­by­te­rian Church, $14,657 for restora­tion work at the church in Mon­ti­cello; Cato His­toric Church and Ceme­tery, Inc., $9,999 for mon­u­ment restora­tion at Cato Ceme­tery in Con­way County; Cleburne County His­tor­i­cal So­ci­ety, $9,936 for restora­tion work and a preser­va­tion plan for the Cleburne County Farm Ceme­tery, and Ne­vada County In­dus­trial Devel­op­ment and Char­i­ta­ble Foun­da­tion, $7,781 for mon­u­ment restora­tion and tree re­moval at the Moscow Ceme­tery in Prescott.

Nine­teen Main Street Arkansas pro­grams shared $285,000 in Down­town Re­vi­tal­iza­tion Grants, which are funded through the state Real Es­tate Trans­fer Tax and are avail­able to ac­cred­ited Main Street pro­grams for build­ing re­ha­bil­i­ta­tions, parks, streetscape im­prove­ments and other de­sign-re­lated projects that will have ma­jor long-term im­pacts in the lo­cal Main Street area.

Main Street pro­grams in Batesville, Blytheville, Du­mas, El Do­rado, Eureka Springs, He­lena-West He­lena, Osce­ola, Ozark, Paragould, Rogers, Rus­sel­lville, Searcy, Siloam Springs, Texarkana, West Mem­phis, the Con­way Down­town Part­ner­ship, Down­town Lit­tle Rock Part­ner­ship, Down­town Jones­boro As­so­ci­a­tion and Lit­tle Rock’s South Main each re­ceived $15,000 grants through the pro­gram.

An ad­di­tional $16,000 in Down­town Re­vi­tal­iza­tion Grants was awarded to cities in­volved in Main Street’s Arkansas Down­town Net­work. Grants of $1,000 each were also awarded to the pro­grams in Arkadel­phia, Clarksville, For­rest City, Hardy, He­ber Springs, Malvern, Mon­ti­cello, Mor­ril­ton, New­port, Paris, Pine Bluff, Poc­a­hon­tas, Rec­tor, War­ren and Wynne.

Nine­teen coun­ties shared $1,562,946 in County Court­house Restora­tion Grants, which are fi­nanced through Real Es­tate Trans­fer Tax funds dis­trib­uted by the Arkansas Nat­u­ral and Cul­tural Re­sources Coun­cil for re­ha­bil­i­ta­tion of his­toric county court­houses across Arkansas. Fund­ing re­quests to­taled $4,618,440.

Coun­ties re­ceiv­ing court­house grants were Arkansas, $16,513; Chicot, $86,963; Cleve­land, $163,500; Crit­ten­den, $98,000; Dal­las, $10,000; Drew, $82,500; Gar­land, $100,000; Greene, $25,000; Hot Spring, $200,000; Jack­son, $87,840; Lawrence, $150,000; Lee, $59,077; Lo­gan, $150,000; Mis­sis­sippi, $50,000; Phillips, $30,000; Pike, $125,000; Poin­sett, $81,813; Polk, $34,240 and Van Buren, $12,500.

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