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Deadwood Incentives

Commercial Programs

The Deadwood Historic Preservation Commission has developed several programs to assist in the rehabilitation, preservation and restoration of historic commercial structures within the National Historic Landmark. These programs are incentives to business and property owners in maintaining the historic character of the exterior of the buildings as well as addressing life-safety issues and long term preservation strategies for the resource.

Paint Grant Program

The City of Deadwood, South Dakota, is designated as a National Historic Landmark and is listed on both the National and State Registers of Historic Places.  The Deadwood Historic Preservation Commission recognizes pride of ownership is a valuable resource and improves the quality of life in this community.  With this in mind, the Historic Preservation Commission has established the Paint Grant Program to inspire property maintenance and improvement of Deadwood’s historic neighborhoods and commercial district.  Use of the Paint Grant Program is expected to preserve and protect Deadwood’s historic resources and make the City more attractive for residents, business owners and visitors alike.

To be eligible for the Paint Grant Program, a property must meet the following qualifications:

  • The property must be located within the Deadwood city limits.
  • The property, commercial or residential, must be at least twenty years of age or older.
  • The property must not have used the Paint Grant Program in the previous five (5) years.
  • The Paint Grant Program is only available for exterior surfaces.

Paint Grant Application

 

Ghost Mural Program

In 2016, the Deadwood Historic Preservation Office and Commission created the Ghost Mural Program.

The restoration and protection of Deadwood’s historic ghost murals are a primary part of the City’s goal to preserve and maintain Deadwood’s historic integrity. The expense of such restoration and protection projects may discourage property owners from having the work completed or may result in lower quality of craftsmanship. The purpose of this program is to assist and encourage property owners to restore and maintain the historic ghost murals in Deadwood’s historic district. Through the program, the owner of a participating building agrees to transfer to the City of Deadwood an easement on the character-defining ghost mural(s) and allow the City to restore the ghost mural(s) list on the application .

To be eligible for the Ghost Mural Easement Program, a project must meet the following criteria:

  • The project must affect a property listed on the City of Deadwood’s 1993 Historic Sites Inventory as an historic property in the Deadwood National Historic Landmark District and within the Deadwood Local Historic District. Properties not listed on the inventory must be eligible for the National Register of Historic Places as defined in the National Park Service’s National Register Bulletin 15: How to Apply the National Register Criteria for Evaluation.
  • The building must be a commercial property as defined by Deadwood Planning and Zoning Department and be within the Deadwood Local Historic District.
  • The City of Deadwood’s Historic Preservation Officer determines a project’s eligibility. All eligible applications are subject to the review by the Deadwood Historic District Commission.

Ghost Mural Application

Facade Conservation Easement Program

The City of Deadwood is a National Historic Landmark and is listed on the National and South Dakota State Registers of Historic Places. Maintaining these designations is critical to the economic success of the City and quality of life of its residents. The objective of the program is to stimulate the quality restoration and protection of buildings and structures contributing to the historic integrity of the City of Deadwood. Through the program, the owner of a participating building agrees to make approved improvements to the building façade(s) and transfer to the Deadwood Historic Preservation Commission an easement on the character-defining façade(s).

To be eligible for the Facade Easement Program, a project must meet the following criteria:

a. The project must affect a property listed on the City of Deadwood’s 1993 Historic Sites Inventory as an historic property in the Deadwood National Historic Landmark District. Properties not listed on the inventory must be eligible for the National Register of Historic Places as defined in the National Park Service’s National Register Bulletin 15: How to Apply the National Register Criteria for Evaluation.

b. The property may eligible if the removal of inappropriate alterations or the reconstruction of missing details will reverse the listing from a non-contributing resource to a contributing resource within the Deadwood Local Historic District.

c. The building must be a commercial property as defined by Deadwood Planning and Zoning Department and be within the Deadwood Local Historic District.

The City of Deadwood’s Historic Preservation Officer determines a project’s eligibility. All eligible applications are subject to the review by the Deadwood Historic District Commission.

Facade Conservation Easement Program Application

Commercial Revolving Loan Fund Program

The restoration and protection of Deadwood’s historic buildings and structures are a primary part of the City’s goal to preserve and maintain Deadwood’s historic integrity. The expense of such restoration and protection projects may discourage property owners from having the work completed or may result in lower quality of craftsmanship. The purpose of this program is to assist and encourage property owners to use quality materials and craftsmanship by repairing first, where possible, and replacing, only if necessary.

The City of Deadwood is a National Historic Landmark and is listed on the National and South Dakota State Registers of Historic Places. Maintaining these designations is critical to the economic success of the City and quality of life of its residents. The objective of the program is to stimulate the quality restoration and protection of buildings and structures that contribute to the historic integrity of the City of Deadwood.

To be eligible for the Revolving Loan Fund (RLF) Commercial Program, the applicant and project must must exist within the Deadwood city limits and as part of a Commercial Property;

A project must also meet one of the following:

  • The project must affect a property listed on the City of Deadwood’s 1993 Historic Sites Inventory as an historic property in the Deadwood National Historic Landmark District.Properties not listed on the inventory must be eligible for the National Register of Historic Places as defined in the National Park Service’s National Register Bulletin 15: How to Apply the National Register Criteria for Evaluation.
  • The project must affect individual life safety and structural deficiencies as determined by the City of Deadwood’s Building Inspector and applicable life safety codes.Determination of individual life safety issues and structural deficiencies is based upon the codes adopted by the City of Deadwood under Chapter 15.01.010

If the project is eligible for the Real Estate Tax Moratorium, Historic Tax Credits, and/or Conversation Easement; the applicant must submit the appropriate applications and have received project approval prior to loan funding. The Preservation Commission reserves the right to waive the requirement in the case of emergency.

The City of Deadwood’s Historic Preservation Officer and Building Inspector determine a project’s eligibility.  All eligible applications are subject to the review of the Deadwood Historic Preservation Commission.

The loan programs are contracted and operated through NeighborWorks Dakota Home Resources.  For information regarding the loan programs click here.

Commercial Revolving Loan Application

Project Approval/Certificate of Appropriateness Application

Commercial Upper Floor Revitalization Revolving Loan Program

This program is for the development of upper commercial building floors for residential or commercial use.

To be eligible for the Revolving Loan Fund (RLF) Commercial Program, the applicant and project must exist within the Deadwood city limits and as part of a Commercial Property;

A project must also meet one of the following:

  • The project must affect a property listed on the City of Deadwood’s 1993 Historic Sites Inventory as an historic property in the Deadwood National Historic Landmark District.Properties not listed on the inventory must be eligible for the National Register of Historic Places as defined in the National Park Service’s National Register Bulletin 15: How to Apply the National Register Criteria for Evaluation.
  • The project must affect individual life safety and structural deficiencies as determined by the City of Deadwood’s Building Inspector and applicable life safety codes.Determination of individual life safety issues and structural deficiencies is based upon the codes adopted by the City of Deadwood under Chapter 15.01.010

If the project is eligible for the Real Estate Tax Moratorium, Historic Tax Credits, and/or Conversation Easement; the applicant must submit the appropriate applications and have received project approval prior to loan funding. The Preservation Commission reserves the right to waive the requirement in the case of emergency.

The City of Deadwood’s Historic Preservation Officer and Building Inspector determine a project’s eligibility.  All eligible applications are subject to the review of the Deadwood Historic Preservation Commission.

The loan programs are contracted and operated through NeighborWorks Dakota Home Resources.  For information regarding the loan programs click here.

Commercial Upper floor Revitalization Revolving Loan Program Application

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