HISTORIC ST. AUGUSTINE PRESERVATION BOARD
May 3, 1973
Memorandum to: John W. Griffin
From: Robert H. Steinbach
Subject: Possibility of State or Federal Aid for Restoration of
As per our recent discussion with Mr. John Bailey in regards to the availability
,of funds to assist in the restoration of the Montgomery House, I called Mr.
Randy Nimnicht, Chief, Bureau of Historic Sites and Properties, as to availabil-
ity, procedure, etc.
There will be approximately $960,000 in Federal funds and quite possibly $400,000
in State funds available after July 1, 1973, for restoration projects state wide.
These are generally 50% matching funds, with the balance coming from local
He advised me that. the most acceptable approach from his viewpoint would be to
consider an acquisition and development project, with the bulk of the local funds
being the appraised value of the land and structure. He felt that a life tenancy
clause in the deed would not be objectionable. The additional $15,000, which is
available, would also help toward acceptance of the project.
If the total of the appraised value and the cash available were $45,000, then
theoretically there would be $45,000 available in matching funds, or a total of
$90,000 for a complete project cost. Nimnicht's feeling was, however, that we
probably would not get the full amount, particularly in the first year.
The first step, in any case, will be to write Mr. Nimnicht a letter requesting
that the project be included in the 1973-74 funding program. This letter should
contain the following information:
1) Cost estimate, broken down into categories.
2) Source of matching funds.
3) Statement to the effect that the Preservation Board would maintain
4) Adaptive use.
A final note of encouragement from Mr. Nimnicht was the fact that St. Augustine
has yet to receive any Federal assistance, which was to be disbursed on a some-
what regional basis.