Virginia Beach Historic Preservation Public Meeting to be Held April 20

Friday, March 31, 2017

The Virginia Beach Historic Preservation Commission will hold its seventh public input meeting on April 20 from 6:30 to 8 p.m. in the Meyera E. Oberndorf Central Library auditorium, 4100 Virginia Beach Blvd., Virginia Beach. The purpose of this meeting is to provide the general public an update on the Commission's activities and general preservation concerns in the city. There will also be an opportunity for the community to share thoughts on historic preservation in Virginia Beach.

Elizabeth S. Kostelny, chief executive officer of Preservation Virginia, will present an overview of the benefits and status of the Virginia Historic Rehabilitation Tax Credit Program. Preservation Virginia commissioned a landmark study on the "Economic Impact of Historic Rehabilitation Tax Credit Programs in Virginia" (2014) and more recently has been raising awareness about the program's benefits in response to proposed reductions or elimination of the program in the Virginia General Assembly. Large local preservation projects, such as the Cavalier Hotel, would not be possible without this program.

Jack Pope will present a brief overview of his successful project to transform the 1941 Kempsville High School building into luxury apartments.  Pope will receive an Award of Distinction from the Historic Preservation Commission in recognition of his excellent rehabilitation project.

The Historic Preservation Commission will provide project updates on:

  • The Princess Anne Courthouse;
  • Historic district nominations;
  • The successful research grant program; and,
  • The Certified Local Government designation.  

The public will have the opportunity to provide input on the Commission's current goals and priorities, focus areas for an updated historic resources management plan, and any potentially threatened resources that the Commission should know about.  The agenda for this meeting, as well as a listing of the 2017 priorities and goals, are available at www.vbgov.com/historicpreservation.

The Virginia Beach Historic Preservation Commission is a City Council-appointed body that advises the City Council on historic resources in the city. Please visit www.vbgov.com/historicpreservation for additional information about the Historic Preservation Commission. Please call 757-385-8573 for additional information about the April 20 public meeting.

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