66 Corridor Preservation Program Working Meeting
Route 66 Corridor Preservation Program (NPS Program) convened
a two-day meeting in Albuquerque with 40 representatives from
established and recognized organizations involved with the preservation
of historic properties along Route 66. Representatives included
State Historic Preservation Offices (SHPO), state Route 66 Associations,
state Departments of Transportation and the Federal Highway
Administration. The intent of the meeting was to review the
purpose and activities of the program, to seek input related
to program priorities and potential sources of matching funds,
and to begin development of a long-term Federal Advisory Committee.
agenda focused on the directives of the Route 66 Corridor Preservation
Act passed by Congress in 1999. This Act authorized the National
Park Service to assist in preserving the most representative
and significant Route 66 historic properties through a program
of technical assistance and cost-share awards and grants. The
program, which was established in April of last year, to date
has awarded several grants and cost-share project funds in each
of the eight states through which the route passes, and is developing
a system of technical assistance.
meeting agenda included a tour of Route 66 properties in Albuquerque
along 4th Street (the 1926-37 alignment) and Central Avenue
(post 1937 alignment). The great tour was expertly led by Ed
Boles, City of Albuquerque Preservation Planner, and David Kammer,
historian and consultant. The group visited and discussed various
preservation issues at such Route 66 landmarks as the Kimo Theatre,
the Nob Hill Business District, and the Aztec Motel where the
group was hosted by the ever-hospitable Shoky Natha.
and Cost Share Awards
major objective of the grant and cost-share awards is to stimulate
and support the preservation of Route 66 resources. During the
meeting, the grant and cost-share application criteria were
reviewed. The criteria and guidelines developed for last year's
project proposal requests for the most part will be used again
this year. Grants and cost-share funded amounts will be distributed
in the $5,000 to $50,000 range, but the NPS will maintain the
flexibility to increase or decrease these amounts to deal with
unusual projects. There may be some funding flexibility to award
mini-grants to communities, associations, etc., which may then
be distributed by them to smaller community projects. This type
of funding would be considered after submittal of a grant proposal
that would specifically define how the preservation funds would
be used. A brochure is to be developed that will educate and
assist any person or organization interested in applying for
a grant or cost share award.
with direct association to Route 66 (i.e. that are transportation
related) will receive a higher priority for funding than those
with secondary association. For example, a 1930's gas station
on Route 66 in need of preservation funding will rank higher
than a historic residence that is on Route 66. Research such
as historical building surveys and oral histories may receive
high funding priority as well. NPS estimates that approximately
$150,000 will be available for the grants and cost-share program
for this year. The Request for Proposals (RFP) to interested
applicants will be sent out in the spring. If you are interested
in receiving a RFP, please let us know and we will be happy
to place your name on the mailing list.
major objective of the program is to provide technical assistance
to the various organizations, local governments and property
owners along Route 66. During the meeting it was concluded that
the NPS Program staff will conduct site visits for technical
assistance whenever possible, however many technical assistance
requests will be directed to the appropriate SHPO's in closest
proximity to a given property. The National Parks in the vicinity
of Route 66 can also serve as technical assistance sources through
coordinated efforts with the NPS Program.
NPS Program is also developing a clearinghouse of Route 66 preservation
information, including historic preservation standards and guidelines,
technical briefs, the benefits of and application process for
listing properties on the National Register of Historic Places,
other grant opportunities, and training opportunities. Standards,
guidelines, grant opportunities and training opportunities for
the recording, transcribing and archiving of oral histories
will also be provided. The NPS Program will develop a technical
resource guide as a means for disseminating some of this information.
A website will also be developed to provide concise information
on program goals and project information, with links to more
detailed sites such as the state Route 66 Associations, National
Register of Historic Places, National Trust for Historic Preservation,
etc. The NPS Program will also assist in coordinating historic
property description information between the eight SHPO database
was general consensus in the meeting that the NPS will assume
a minimal role in interpretation of the route to avoid impacting
the idiosyncratic Route 66 experience through standardized interpretation.
The NPS will, however assist at the grass roots level to facilitate
planning and training. There may also be opportunities to work
with other government agencies such as the BLM and the U.S.
Forest Service to interpret some of the more remote areas administered
by these agencies wherever interpretation may be appropriate,
such as roadside interpretive panels describing the history
of road building, etc.
clear need to create and widely publicize success stories as
examples of how NPS funds are being used was recognized. The
success stories will be publicized locally, nationally and internationally
to draw the attention of congressional leaders, corporate entities,
and the general public. The NPS Program will also focus on communication
and collaboration with local constituents along the route. A
newsletter will be produced and distributed on an as-needed
basis to governmental offices, associations, and other interested
critical topic in the meeting discussions was the fact that
the 10 million dollars authorized for appropriation to fund
the intent of the Act over a ten-year period is not guaranteed.
Annual budgets to date have been a $500,000 appropriation in
2001, and a $300,000 appropriation in 2002. The NPS Program
has submitted a 1.25 million dollar request for 2003, however
this amount is not guaranteed.
avenues for funding Route 66 preservation initiatives were discussed
including corporate partnerships, private donations, Scenic
Byway status, humanities councils, service clubs, and other
grant programs. National and State Register designations can
also be used to stimulate funding and provide tax benefits.
ad-hoc committee was elected whose role will be to provide nominations
to the NPS Program for an eleven member long-term Federal Advisory
Committee. The role of the Federal Advisory Committee will be
to provide the NPS Program with information and advice on a
broad range of issues affecting the program, including cost-share
application guidelines and criteria, technical assistance, etc.
We hope to have the advisory committee official and up and running
by the end of this year.
discussions that took place over the two-day meeting were very
helpful to the Route 66 Corridor Preservation Program. Since
its inception, the participation of partners has been and will
continue to be an essential component in program development
and success. If you would like a copy of the detailed proceedings
from the meeting, please contact our office and we will be happy
to send them to you.
Route 66 Corridor Preservation Program
Long Distance Trails Group Office - Santa Fe
P.O. Box 728
Santa Fe, N. Mex.