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The Daily Ardmoreite
  • Website highlights historic downtown

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  • The Ardmore Historic Preservation Commission has joined the Worldwide Web community.
    A Certified Local Government Grant has provided the commission with the funding to provide a plethora of information to the pubic via the Internet. The website, found at www.ardmorehp.org, became operational this week and promises to provide information to the public regarding history and current events in the downtown district.
    “The website has meeting dates, agendas, improvements in the downtown area as well as proposed improvements,” said Jessica Scott, Ardmore code enforcement. “People will now have more information about downtown.”
    The website will also prove invaluable to downtown business owners seeking forms to begin the process of working with the commission, as well as design guidelines for external appearance changes to their business. History is also provided about the downtown area as well as old pictures. Scott said there will be annual updates to the website.
    Scott said the commission receives a CLG grant each year, and different projects are highlighted. The effort of preserving downtown’s historic identity began in 1998 with the adoption of a preservation zoning ordinance. During the winter of that year, Ardmore became a CLG, and is one of 13 cities in Oklahoma to enjoy the status. Membership allows Ardmore to benefit from a formal partnership with both the National Park Service and State Historic Preservation Office.
    As a CLG, Ardmore has a formal role in the nomination of properties to the National Register of Historic Places. It also receives grant assistance, which has allowed the city to develop and publish the city of Ardmore Historic Preservation Plan and the Ardmore Historic Commercial District Design Guidelines. The city has also used funding to produce National Register of Historic Places nominations and brochures in addition to the website.
    The commission regulates improvements performed to the exterior of buildings in the downtown historic district, which is comprised of 119 buildings.
    “The website will allow residents to stay abreast of what is taking place downtown,” Scott said. “If they see a project taking place, they can go to the website and get information about it.”

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