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Virtual Meeting May 27 on Bever Woods Historic Survey

Virtual Meeting May 27 on Bever Woods Historic Survey

May 15, 2020

Virtual Neighborhood Meeting May 27 on Bever Woods Historic Survey

Residents are invited to a virtual neighborhood meeting to learn updates on the historic survey that took place in 2019 in Bever Woods, a neighborhood in the SE quadrant that was recommended for evaluation in the 2015 Historic Preservation Plan in order to investigate its historic potential.

The virtual meeting will be held on Wednesday, May 27, at 6:00 p.m. via Zoom. Residents may also phone in. To register or for additional information, please visit www.cityofcr.com/hpc.

During the virtual meeting, project consultants will share highlights of what they learned during the historic review last summer, which included archival research, fieldwork, and photographic documentation, as well as resident-submitted property information or photographs. Consultants and City staff will also share an update on the neighborhood’s eligibility for listing on the National Register of Historic Places, and have an opportunity to answer questions from residents.

Wapsi Valley Archaeology is undertaking the historic review, which is being funded by a Certified Local Government Grant from the State of Iowa. The Bever Woods area is bounded by Bever Park on the east, Bever Avenue SE on the south, 21st Street SE on the west, and Grande Avenue SE on the north.

This is the second neighborhood meeting on the project.

What is a Local Historic District or Landmark?
A Local Historic District or Landmark is designated by City ordinance for being historically significant due to its association with historic figures or events, or distinctive architectural characteristics.

Designation as a Local Historic District or Landmark provides the highest level of protection for historic properties in Cedar Rapids. Any exterior changes to these properties are reviewed by the Historic Preservation Commission to ensure that they do not detract from the historic character of these assets.

Properties designated as Local Landmarks or part of a Local Historic District are eligible to receive Historic Rehabilitation grants, which can help fund qualifying repair or maintenance projects. In order to designate a Local Historic District, at least 60% of properties owners in the district must sign a petition requesting this designation.

Cedar Rapids has two local historic districts: 2nd & 3rd Avenue Historic District, and Redmond Park - Grande Avenue Historic District.

Cedar Rapids has six local historic landmarks:

  • The Ausadie Building (845 1st Avenue SE)
  • Iowa Wind Mill and Pump Company Office and Warehouse (42 7th Avenue SW)
  • Cedar Rapids Milk Condensing Company (525 Valor Way SW)
  • Grace Episcopal Church (525 A Avenue NE)
  • the Perkins House (1228 3rd Avenue SE)
  • the Witwer Grocery Company Building (905 3rd Street SE)

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