The revitalization of a neglected commercial district or residential neighborhood often begins with improvements to a single building or storefront. An overview of how façade improvement programs work.
Amy Facca is a historic preservation planner, architectural historian, and grant writer with a strong interested in cultural economic development.
Currently employed as a historic preservation planner in the public sector, Facca has also worked as a private planning consultant specializing in historic preservation; as an adjunct professor in the Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute School of Architecture’s graduate program in Building Conservation; as an architectural historian; and in the research, restoration and visitor services departments of Monticello, the home of Thomas Jefferson.
Facca has been involved with numerous aspects of community revitalization, including preparation of historic preservation plans, comprehensive plans, waterfront and downtown revitalization plans, cultural plans, historic structure reports, and extensive grant writing for many different types of projects.
May is National Historic Preservation Month, a time when people across America celebrate their history, culture, and special places. Sponsored annually by the National Trust for Historic Preservation since 1973, it is designed to raise awareness about the power historic preservation has to protect and enhance our historic communities.
Preservation planner Amy Facca provides an overview of the different kinds of plans used to strengthen local historic preservation efforts.
Community planners and economic development professionals are increasingly identifying communities’ signature elements, including location specific historic and related sites, as well as businesses and institutions that are part of the “creative economy.”
New PlannersWeb columnist Amy Facca says historic preservation provides one of the best ways to make the most of old buildings, maintain and build on community character and history, and invest responsibly for future growth.
Planning Commissioners Journal issue #52 included a series of articles providing an introduction to historic preservation planning and why it is has become important to our cities and towns. The download includes the full issue.