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City launches Newtown Historic Building Preservation Pilot Program

Post Date:03/27/2019 8:15 AM

Contact:  Jason Bartolone, Communications Specialist   941-928-3988


UPDATE: The application deadline for the Newtown Historic Building Preservation Pilot Program has been extended through May 30, 2019. Applicants now only need to obtain one contractor quote.

Sarasota, FL:  The City of Sarasota has launched a pilot program aimed at preserving historic structures in the Newtown community.

The Newtown Historic Building Preservation Pilot Program is intended to encourage more restoration, rehabilitation and renovation of properties in Sarasota’s historic African American community.

The project also aims to stabilize and improve Newtown’s property values and tax base and enhance the appearance and appeal of the community as a place to live, work or visit.

“One of the goals of the program is to preserve the rich cultural history that is evident in Newtown’s buildings. By doing so, we can help further establish the community as a heritage destination for visitors and a vibrant place to do business,” said Office of Economic Development General Manager Steven Stancel.

Property owners interested in making improvements or restorations to their buildings could be eligible for a portion of the $200,000 available in funding for the pilot program. The program is funded via Tax Increment Finance (TIF) funds.

To qualify, the building must be at least 50 years old and located within the Newtown Community Redevelopment Area, from 17th Street to Myrtle Street and U.S. 41 to Leonard Reid Avenue and the Seminole Gulf Railway.

All proposed work must meet the Federal Secretary of the Interior’s standards for rehabilitation, and the majority of the proposed work must be to the exterior of the building. The property owner must have a clear title.

Preferences for the grant funding will be given to applicants who agree to locally designate their historic building with the City’s Planning Department, sign a 10-year covenant to preserve their building, give preference to local labor within the Newtown community for the restoration work or whose buildings are located along the African American Heritage Trail, part of the U.S. Civil Rights Trail.

For more information regarding the program, contact the Office of Economic Development at 941-365-2200, ext. 3223, or visit the office at 1782 Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Way, Sarasota.


About the City of Sarasota:  Distinguished by Google as a Digital Capital in the U.S., the City of Sarasota is a diverse community located on Florida’s Suncoast with 55,000 year-round residents, several internationally recognized cultural arts venues, stunning sunsets along Lido Beach, a 45-hole municipal golf course at the historic Bobby Jones Golf Club, and Major League spring training baseball with the Baltimore Orioles.  Learn more about us at SarasotaFL.Gov

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