Hudson -- Residents with homes older than 50 years will be able to get help for maintenance and restoration of historic features.
Council Feb. 20 approved paying $4,000 to the Cleveland Restoration Society as a management fee for the Heritage Home Program, which it sponsors.
Homes older than 50 years are considered historic and although they have more modern structures, they are an important part of our nation's development, said Jessica Ugarte, Heritage Home program specialist.
The Cleveland Restoration Society is a non-profit organization which provides low interest loans, construction advice and project guidance to maintain and rehabilitate older homes built before 1963 that qualify for the program. Participating communities in Summit County include Akron, Green and now Hudson.
"This is a wonderful program for the Hudson homeowner," said Council member William Wooldredge. "They can take advantage of the programs, free advice and low interest loans."
The contract is for a calendar year and covers almost any routine maintenance, upgrades, finishing spaces and additions that are sensitive to the style of the home, Ugarte said.
The program doesn't fund vinyl windows or siding, luxury items like pools, stables or large additions, she said.
Besides low interest loans, the program offers technical assistance with a construction manager or staff, Ugarte said.
"We can look at bids and give an opinion, suggest products and services and listen to problems and give free advice," Ugarte said.
The Heritage Home Program provides free technical assistance for property owners who want to improve their older homes and administers a low interest loan for those property owners to complete their projects, said Jody Roberts, communication manager.
"Per Council's recent discussion and legislation, we just joined," Roberts said. "No one has used the service yet."
The annual fee to administer the program is $6,000, Roberts said. Hudson Heritage Association is contributing $2,000 of the 2013 cost, and the city is paying the balance.
"This is primarily a residential service for homeowners, not for government buildings or business properties," she said.