Sul­phur Springs re­ceives AHPP grant

Westside Eagle-Observer - - NEWS - By Su­san Hol­land shol­land@nwadg.com

SUL­PHUR SPRINGS — The city of Sul­phur Springs was awarded a $33,733 His­toric Preser­va­tion Restora­tion Grant for win­dow restora­tion at the old Sul­phur Springs school. The grant is one of 31 awarded by the Arkansas His­toric Preser­va­tion Program to re­ha­bil­i­tate build­ings listed on the Arkansas or Na­tional Reg­is­ters of His­toric Places and owned by lo­cal gov­ern­ments or not-for­profit or­ga­ni­za­tions.

Shane We­ber, Sul­phur Springs mayor, said the city is now work­ing with en­gi­neers in plan­ning for restora­tion of the build­ing, fol­low­ing strict guide­lines set forth by the Na­tional Reg­is­ter. The school build­ing now houses the Sul­phur Springs City Of­fices, a city coun­cil meet­ing room, Sul­phur Springs Po­lice Depart­ment and the Sul­phur Springs Pub­lic Li­brary. One room is still fur­nished as it was when the build­ing was used as the town’s school.

The struc­ture served as the Sul­phur Springs School un­til it was con­sol­i­dated with the Gravette School District in 1965. Class­rooms were used for ele­men­tary classes un­til 1975. Later the build­ing was deeded to the city of Sul­phur Springs.

We­ber said the $33,733 AHPP grant will ac­tu­ally cover re­pairs on only one side of the build­ing. To­tal cost of the project will be about $50,000. Cassie El­liott, with Vi­sion­ary Mile­stones, was the grant writer and she is con­tin­u­ing to pur­sue other grants to help fund the re­main­der of the needed work.

We­ber said he is ex­cited about up­com­ing projects planned in the city. A $1,200 grant was re­ceived for re­build­ing the pedes­trian park en­trance and arch. Work is be­ing done on the con­crete walk­way into the park, with about 10 of 40 yards of needed con­crete al­ready poured.

“The next big project I am want­ing to work on is a down­town beau­ti­fi­ca­tion project,” We­ber said, “re­do­ing the side­walks and roads on Hi­bler Street and Pat­ter­son Street.”

The Arkansas His­toric Preser­va­tion Program, an agency of the Depart­ment of Arkansas Her­itage, awarded more than $2.8 mil­lion in grants for projects in 47 coun­ties. The His­toric Preser­va­tion Restora­tion Grants ac­counted for $960,853 of that amount.

For more in­for­ma­tion on AHPP grant pro­grams, write the agency at 1500 North Street, Lit­tle Rock, AR 72001; call 501-3249880; email info@arkansasp­reser­va­tion.org; or visit www.arkansasp­reser­va­tion.org.

Photo by Su­san Hol­land

The city of Sul­phur Springs was awarded a $33,733 His­toric Preser­va­tion Restora­tion Grant to be used for win­dow restora­tion at the old Sul­phur Springs School. The build­ing, which served as the town’s school un­til it con­sol­i­dated with Gravette in 1965, now houses Sul­phur Springs City Of­fices, a city coun­cil meet­ing room, Sul­phur Springs Po­lice Depart­ment and Pub­lic Li­brary.

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