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RALEIGH — The town of Wake Forest was awarded $7,500 through a 2019 federal Historic Preservation Fund grant for Certified Local Governments from the National Park Service, administered by the N.C. State Historic Preservation Office of the Office of Archives and History.

The grant will be combined with $5,000 from the town to survey historic resources built between 1958 and 1975. The most recent architectural survey, completed in 2008, dealt with historic resources from 1957 and earlier.

The town has hired hmwPreservation, a Durham-based cultural resources consulting firm, to complete the project. Heather Slane, principal of the firm, is the Project Manager.

Scheduled for completion in fall, the project involves a survey of approximately 125 buildings built during the time period under study. Slane will introduce the project at a public kickoff at 6:30 p.m. Feb. 12, at the regularly scheduled Historic Preservation Commission meeting at Town Hall, 301 S. Brooks St.

Slane will return to Wake Forest from February to July to conduct fieldwork. She will meet with representatives of the town and local historians. In addition to documenting properties with photographs, written descriptions, and oral and archival history, Slane will identify properties that appear to be potentially eligible for listing in the National Register of Historic Places, either individually or as districts, and thus potentially eligible for state and federal tax credits for certified historic rehabilitation.

The project will culminate in a brief final report that analyzes the history and development of Wake Forest between 1958 and 1975.

The survey material will facilitate the environmental review necessary for state and federal undertakings and will aid in planning for future economic and community development projects. Survey products also will be useful for the continued development of heritage tourism programs in Wake Forest.

For more information on the architectural survey, contact Elizabeth C. King, architectural survey coordinator for the N.C. State Historic Preservation Office, at elizabeth.king@ncdcr.gov or 919-814-6580, or Michelle Michael, senior planner for the town, at mmichael@wakeforestnc.gov or 919-435-9516.

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