Facade program services, incentives and resources Feb. 16

In an effort to encourage facade improvements as well as rehabilitation projects within its new Main Street boundaries, the River District Association has invited guest speakers from the Illinois Historic Preservation Agency to discuss services, incentives, and resources for historic preservation projects. The workshop will take place Thursday, Feb. 16 at 6 p.m. on the second floor of Memorial Hall, 211 N. Main St.

Carol Dyson will present a program etitled “SHOW ME THE MONEY”: Financial Tax Incentives for Building Rehabilitation. Dyson is an architect at the Illinois Historic Preservation Agency. For 17 years, she has been reviewing historic building rehabilitations under a variety of regulatory and benefit programs. Dyson works with both the Historic Preservation Tax Credits and the Illinois Property Tax Assessment Freeze programs.

The second presenter is Anna Margaret Borntrager, who will present a program about “DESIGN SERVICES FROM ILLINOIS MAIN STREET.” Borntrager is a project designer for the Illinois Historic Preservation Agency. She has worked extensively with the Illinois Main Street program providing architectural assistance and training to more than 50 communities across the state. Most recently, Borntrager has been focusing on the challenges of upper floor redevelopment in historic commercial buildings. She earned a B.S. in Architectural Studies from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

The program is free of charge. RSVP if you plan to attend by calling the River District office at 815-964-6221 or e-mailing kimriverdistrict@aol.com.

From the Feb. 15-21, 2006, issue

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