Heritage Ohio offers workshop on Friday

STEUBENVILLE – Heritage Ohio officials will offer a series of workshops Friday to help individuals and communities understand the historic building rehabilitation process.

According to Joyce Barrett of the Columbus-based organization the Dollars and Sense of Rehabilitation will educate the local building owners and community decision makers on making the right partnerships and using the most effective tools to successfully rehabilitate historic buildings.

“The workshop is mid-level training for people to understand the process of renovating historical buildings. This is designed to assist owners of commercial historical buildings as opposed to residential buildings. The workshop will focus on the integrity of the historical buildings,” said Barrett.

“The renovation of historical commercial buildings may not be a top priority in Steubenville yet but it is coming. We have seen a growing interest in Youngstown and the interest in the buildings is spreading,” added Barrett.

“The workshop for registration will start at 9 a.m. at Froehlich’s Classic Corner. Jeff Siegler of Heritage Ohio will provide an overview followed by a talk regarding municipality readiness by Dan Smith, the economic director of Kent, Ohio. We will hear a building owner’s story related by Dominic Gatta of Youngstown. Later on in the workshop Nathaniel Kaelin of the Ohio Development Services Agency will discuss Ohio Historic Tax Credits. The workshop will conclude with roundtable consultations,” explained Barrett.

The cost is $30 for Heritage Ohio members, $40 for nonHeritage Ohio members and $20 for Americorps members. Registration is required. Interested persons can find out about the workshop and register at www.heritageohio.org.

“We encourage registration for the workshop as soon as possible,” noted Barrett.

According to Barrett, “Heritage Ohio strives to help people save the places that matter, build communities and live better. Heritage Ohio is the leading statewide, nonprofit preservation organization dedicated to encouraging and assisting people and organizations to protect and preserve Ohio’s heritage and cultural resources. Formed in 1989, Heritage Ohio has more than 500 members ranging from individuals and businesses to organizations and local governments. In addition, Heritage Ohio has been the designated coordinating agency by the National Main Street Center since 1997.”