Meeting Set on Hot Springs' Pleasant Street Historic District

Arkansas Historic Preservation Program - Friday, June 30, 2017

LITTLE ROCK—Preserve Arkansas will hold a meeting from 1 to 2:30 p.m. on Thursday, July 13, at the Hotel Hot Springs at 305 Malvern Avenue in Hot Springs to discuss the Pleasant Street Historic District and resources available to property owners. Representatives from Preserve Arkansas, the Arkansas Historic Preservation Program, an agency of the Department of Arkansas Heritage, and the City of Hot Springs will speak on topics including:

* The significance of the district as the most intact area of the city’s historic African American community and the largest African American historic district in the state

* What it means to be listed in the National Register of Historic Places

* Financial incentives and technical assistance available to property owners

* What it means to be a local ordinance district

* And design guidelines for rehabilitation and new construction in the Pleasant Street Historic District.

The Pleasant Street Historic District was added to Preserve Arkansas’s annual Most Endangered Places List in May 2017 due to concerns about the demolition of historic resources. With this listing, Preserve Arkansas hopes to raise awareness of the Pleasant Street Historic District’s significance and provide advocacy and education to help property owners and other stakeholders better understand and preserve this vital element of the city’s history. This meeting is the first step in this process and is intended to provide information and initiate meaningful conversations about the future of the neighborhood.

For more information, please contact Rachel Patton at (501) 372-4757 or [email protected]. Preserve Arkansas is the statewide nonprofit organization dedicated to building stronger communities by reconnecting Arkansans to our heritage and empowering people to save and rehabilitate historic places.

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