Public comment is being sought on 10 projects that will be funded through the U.S. Department of Interior’s National Park Service Historic Preservation Fund (HPF) program administered by the Indiana Department of Natural Resources Division of Historic Preservation & Archaeology (DHPA).
The HPF assists publicly owned or private nonprofit properties that are listed in the National Register of Historic Places with grant money to undertake preservation and rehabilitation activities. The investment of HPF money means the projects are considered a federal undertaking, and public comment is being sought on those projects by June 30.
One of the projects is in Ripley County: Ball State University will continue a survey of approximately 80 acres around historic homestead sites identified within Versailles State Park. A previous survey recorded 49 sites, and the project will attempt to verify the placement of the remaining 21 locations.
These are fiscal year 2019 projects that are scheduled to begin in 2019. They must be completed by June 2020. Official grant offers have not yet been made, but DHPA anticipates having enough HPF funds to award them.
To comment or make a request to be a consulting party for any of the projects, send a request to Indiana DHPA, Attn: HPF Grant Staff, 402 W. Washington St., Room W274, Indianapolis, IN 46204, or mvanaman@dnr.IN.gov. Include which project or projects you are requesting information for, and DHPA will provide scope of work, maps and photographs.