The month of May is traditionally celebrated as Historic Preservation Month throughout the United States of America, a month dedicated toward celebrating communities’ history, culture and special places. The National Historic Preservation Act paved the way for the creation of the Kentucky State Historic Preservation Office in 1966 and subsequent amendments to the Act forged successful preservation partnerships between federal, state and local governments.
The City of Hopkinsville has been a Certified Local Government under the Kentucky Heritage Council’s preservation program since 1988 and strives to promote public policy geared toward preserving historic resources, buildings, sites, structures and places. With nearly 50 sites throughout Christian County listed on the National Register of Historic Places, the City of Hopkinsville understands the importance these assets play in the fabric of our community. The two (2) residential historic districts of Mt. Pleasant and Anvirdale showcase how private individuals can come together for a common cause and engage themselves in the practice of preservation. Likewise, the Downtown Renaissance District showcases the significance private/public partnerships can have toward revitalizing the City’s Central Business District.
Funded through the Inner-City Residential Enterprise Zone (ICREZ) Program, incentive programs were established in 2008 to assist with the preservation and restoration of historic resources in the Downtown Renaissance District. To date, the City of Hopkinsville has partnered with over forty (40) businesses through the incentive programs earmarking approximately $612,000 for private downtown revitalization projects. These matching funds have leveraged over $4.3 million dollars in private investment and continue to be a source for preservation, restoration and business start-up expenses.
Mayor Hendricks noted “The preservation of our local resources contributes significantly toward our community’s overall health. We recognize the time, energy and effort that are necessary toward achieving preservation goals and we offer our gratitude toward the individuals and businesses who work each and every day to make that happen. We are honored to be part of the movement and momentum currently taking place in the Downtown Renaissance District and encourage others to become part of that culture as well.”