City of Aurora gets $11,500 grant
It was just about a year ago that Aurora applied for a grant from Oregon Parks and Recreation Department for a grant to reimburse owners for preservation and repairs. And, the grant for two projects came through for $11,500 the week of Oct. 27.
"We applied for the grant about a year ago through the Historic Review Board," said Scott Jorgensen, Aurora city recorder. "There was a meeting last November with property owners present. In December we chose two projects that qualified for the grant," he told the Herald.
Apparently there was quite a bit of work documenting the projects which included a 1905 building and the historic Walter Fry house in downtown Aurora. The 1905 bank building was originally constructed for the World's Fair and is currently the home of Pheasant Run Winery, It required preservation and repairs for masonry walls. The Walter Fry house needed roof repairs. Both buildings are listed in the National Register of Historic Places.
"I've never done anything like this before. It was huge to get the letter along with the check for these unique historic buildings in town," Jorgensen said.
The check's funds will be divided equally between the two projects and be sent to the owners the week of Nov. 4, he said to reimburse them for the restoration costs. It won't cover all the costs, but it will help, Jorgensen added.
"The city would like to thank its volunteers on the Historic Review Board for their work on this grant application. All of the work that has been done on these important buildings will help ensure that the city continues to be a destination for tourists who are interested in the area's unique history," Jorgensen said in a release.
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