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St. Cloud Main Street and City of St. Cloud partner to welcome preservation architect

St. Cloud, Fla. (Jan. 13, 2017) – St. Cloud Main Street, Inc and City of St. Cloud, reinforced their joint historic preservation efforts Jan .11th & 12th.

St. Cloud Main Street Executive Director Paula Stark and board of directors worked diligently on behalf of the City of St. Cloud to bring Richard Hilburn, State Historic Architect to further inform staff and key building owners about historic preservation and incentives. Mr. Hilburn provided a presentation held in the St. Cloud Chamber on the 11th going over historic processes and tax credits. “This presentation and tour is another step provided by Main Street to assist the city in continuing the historic preservation initiative” said St. Cloud Main Street Executive Director Paula Stark “This process is the next step after St. Cloud Main Streets Historic Ordinance committee educated and wrote the first ordinance draft for city council which passed in December, providing the city opportunity to qualify for a Certified Local Government designation. This designation will allow for additional grant opportunities and apply for grants with less or no matching dollars.”

Richard Hilburn completed his visit on the 12th by touring 9 historic buildings downtown. Florida Main Street is a technical assistance program administered by the Florida Department of State’s Division of Historical Resources, Bureau of Historic Preservation, for traditional historic commercial corridors. During the tours, Hilburn offered local historic property owners tips on how to best revitalize their historical building while preserving its historical value. He also offered information on the possible federal tax credits and grants available to them.

Tour stops included St. Cloud Chamber, Osceola Engineering, St. Cloud Hotel, Hunter Arms Hotel, State Farm, Big D’s Lounge, Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 3227 (VFW 3227), Veteran’s Park (band shell), historical utilities building and Hodgins Home Appliances.

“As the city manager, it is always important for me to help find alternative forms of funding for historical projects,” said Helfenberger. “Many options are available, but we have to seek them out and make the proper arrangements to ensure success. When it comes to historic preservation, we feel it is of utmost importance to conserve our history while attracting entities potentially coming to St. Cloud to offer a more modern level of services to our citizens.”

Additional Main Street historic initiatives include the State Historic Marker program which as of the 11th has four in the downtown area with the addition of the Grand Army of the Republic building (GAR) approval and obtaining National Registry status as a historic district using the Historic Preservation Overlay District.

St. Cloud City Council approved Ordinance No. 2016-55 Dec. 8, 2016 to help preserve St. Cloud’s historical culture and heritage. Council approved the Historic Preservation Overlay District and associated design guidelines. For more information, visit to view Ordinance No. 2016-55 or call 407-957-8427,  - 407-498-0008. For more information about the state’s architectural preservation services, visit

St. Cloud Main Street and City of St. Cloud partner to welcome preservation architect