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Two Southwest Missouri Cities Get Help for Restoration

Both the cities of Ozark and Joplin will receive funding from the federal Historic Preservation Fund to continue restoration projects.

KSMU's Matt Petcoff explains what each city will use the money for...

To be considered for grant money, cities must attain "Certified Local Government Status" by meeting historic preservation program standards set by the state and National Park Service.

Becky Brill is the grant coordinator for the city of Joplin, which received eighty-five-hundred dollars in grant money.

She says the city will use the money to hire a consultant who will do two things.

First, Brill says the consultant will document the history of Joplin and its historic places.

The second thing the consultant will do will be to put together a National Register nomination for a small commercial district in the downtown area of Joplin.

This essentially is a proposal to the State Historic Preservation Office and the National Park Association asking for this area to be deemed historic.

Brill says a consultant was needed for this because of the in-depth research that goes along with the proposal.

The city of Ozark will also use its money to complete a National Register of Historic Places nomination.

They received just over nine-thousand-dollars to go towards the restoration of the Courthouse Square in downtown Ozark.