Hudson -- Homeowners with a home built before 1964 can obtain free advice on repairs, remodeling and restoration.
Specialist Mary Ogle of the Cleveland Restoration Society spoke to the Hudson Heritage Association about the Home Heritage Program free to Hudson residents March 13 at the Barlow Community Center.
This is the second year Hudson residents have been members with a $6,000 management fee paid by Hudson Heritage Association and the city of Hudson. Akron and Green are the other Summit County communities participating in the program.
Cleveland Restoration Society offers free professional advice to owners of homes 50 years or older on repairs, restoration and remodeling with sensitivity.
"The goal is to enhance the quality of life in Northeast Ohio by preserving older homes," Ogle said.
Maintaining older homes is a positive reinvestment and increases property values, investor confidence and neighborhood stability, Ogle said.
Staff members will visit a home and offer free technical advice to Hudson homeowners, Ogle said. They offer a list of approved products and contractors who understand the quality and goals homeowners expect in historic and non-historic homes. They can review estimates and bids a homeowner receives. They provide color consultation and suggest ways to increase energy efficiency among other services.
If homeowners qualify, they can apply for low interest loans for the repairs, Ogle said.
City Planner Greg Hannan said residents can talk to the Community Development Department before they begin work on their home or add to their property. Staff can be reached at 330-342-1790 between 8 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. at 115 Executive Parkway, Suite 400. Applications and information are available on the city website www.hudson.oh.us under the Community Development Department.
Residents need to fill out an application which is reviewed by the department and the Architectural and Historic Board of Review, Hannan said. The board issues a certificate of appropriateness if the project meets the city's standards. Summit County issues a zoning certificate for the project.
In Hudson 2,444 structures are eligible to participate in the program, Hannan said.
More information is available at www.heritagehomeprogram.org or contacting Ogle at 216-426-3106 or firstname.lastname@example.org.