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Historic Savannah Foundation works to preserve history

SAVANNAH, Ga., (WSAV) - Two historic neighborhoods in Savannah are getting money to help preserve history.


Cuyler-Brownville and Magnolia Park/ Blueberry Hill are the two neighborhoods where these preservation initiatives are taking place. The goal is to save historic properties and history that defines each community and the city of Savannah.


The Historic Savannah Foundation (HSF) has matched nearly 2,700 dollars, a grant from the Georgia Historic Preservation to re-survey the Cuyler- Brownville Historic District.


“That historic neighborhood is bounded by 37th and MLK and Victory and Ogeechee is really a vital part of our city. They have already had a survey but we needed to update the survey, expand the survey and deepen it because other resources became historic over that span when it was last surveyed in 2000,” President of the Historic Savannah Foundation, Daniel Carey says.


He says the next step for Cuyler- Brownville is for the state to match the grant to update the survey for the national register of historic places.


“It’s a great way for the neighborhood to really come together and be galvanized about something take pride in their history, take pride in their architecture, take pride in their community and get involved in this,” Carey said.


Neighbors we spoke to off camera say they hope the historic preservation would bring much-needed improvements and resources.


But the Magnolia Park and Blueberry Hill neighborhood are also trying to get on board. Carey says their process is a little different, "they are not yet listed in the national register we're confident that they are eligible for the national register, but we have to do a survey and an inventory and a nomination for that."


He hopes the 2,000 dollars HSF matched will get the process started towards gaining its historic status. Currently, the city has more than a dozen historic districts not limited to downtown.


Carey says they will be notified in May if the grant application is chosen for Cuyler- Brownville. Work could begin as early and June and be completed by September 2020. As for Magnolia Park and Blueberry Hill, they’re waiting to a consultant to conduct the survey.


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