Preservationists start program to restore Jeff City's historic charm
JEFFERSON CITY - Preservationists in the capital city are implementing a plan to avoid demolition of historic buildings hit by the May 22 tornado and help restore the city's historic charm.
The group Historic City of Jefferson is asking people who are considering demolishing their historic property to reach out to the organization. The group has put together a list of investors willing to buy and restore the properties.
"I’ve got a list right now of about 10 people who are looking to invest. I’ve got two or three that are questionable on what they’re going to do, and then I’ve got a couple who said yes they're going to sell," Donna Deetz, Historic City of Jefferson President, said.
She said there are many reasons people may want to sell their properties, and the group is doing everything it can to not only preserve history, but also help people through a tough situation.
"There are people who just, they've lived with this their life, or they’ve already rebuilt. And they just don’t want to try it again," Deetz said.
Holly Stitt owns three buildings on Capitol Avenue and plans to rebuild. She said the Historic City of Jefferson is doing exactly what it should be to help those who can't.
"For me and the amount of time and investment I've put into that area, it is really nice to know that there is a group of people that feel as passionate about this area as I do and feel passionate about what it means to our city if it's not there," Stitt said.
Deetz said the group will not be doing any negotiating. It is just the intermediary to bring buyers and sellers together and help with structural analysis.