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Arizona Preservation Foundation Issues State Public Policy Recommendations

The Arizona Preservation Foundation Board of Directors conveyed the following preservation related recommendations for consideration of the incoming Hobbs Administration. Historic preservation and the sustainable adaptive reuse of historic resources enhances real estate values and fosters local businesses, keeping historic main streets and downtowns economically viable. Heritage tourism is a real economic force, one that is evident in places that have preserved their historic character.


Support full funding for the State Parks Heritage Fund through the Arizona Lottery. While general appropriations and ARPA funds have supported the State Parks Heritage Fund for the past two fiscal years, restoring its original source of funding (as the Game & Fish Heritage Fund continues to be funded) would provide a consistent, steady financial stream to meet the great demand for improvements to our parks, historic sites, trails, and environmental education.

Support enactment of a state historic tax credit, complementing the federal historic tax credit, to encourage private investment in the reuse of historic buildings, promote investment in local economies, and increase the amount of federal investment in rehabilitation. Arizona is one of 12 states and territories without such a state historic tax credit.

Identify and codify in statute a sustainable funding source for the important work of the Arizona State Historic Preservation Office

Prioritize the adaptive reuse of buildings (historic and non-historic) in competitive Low Income Housing Tax Credit (LIHTC) awards and other affordable housing incentives


Support the designation of U.S. Route 80 as a Historic Arizona Road. In 2018 the historic alignment of Route 80 was designated by the Arizona State Transportation Board unanimously. Preservation advocates have worked to secure formal support from the numerous municipalities and counties along the route. A “boost” from elected state officials would be greatly appreciated.

Re-establish the Arizona Main Street Program. Every community and commercial district is different, with its own distinctive assets and sense of place. The Main Street approach offers community-based revitalization initiatives with a practical, adaptable framework for transformation that is easily tailored to local conditions.

Remove the last remaining Confederate memorial on public property at the Southern Arizona Veterans’ Memorial Cemetery in Sierra Vista


Fund the rehabilitation of historic buildings and structures at the Arizona State Fairgrounds, including the 1938 WPA Administration Building, and consider other recommendations outlined in the Arizona Exposition & State Fair Charrette, March 8-11, 2018

Develop a plan for the use and activation of vacant and underutilized buildings in the Capitol Mall complex, including the 1893 Evans House, 1908 Carnegie Library, 1921 El Zaribah Shrine Auditorium/Polly Rosenbaum Building, and 1930 Agriculture Building

Develop a plan for the rehabilitation and use of historic buildings at the Arizona State Hospital, including the 1911 Mahoney Building and 1963 Chapel

If you have any questions, comments, or suggestions about the Foundation's public policy recommendations, please feel free to send us a note.

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