Historic District Commission

Meeting Schedule:  1st Wednesday at 8:15 a.m. at City Hall

City Staff Liaison:  Erica Eklov (269) 329-4400

This nine-member commission is charged with reviewing plans and applications for the construction, alteration, repair of historic properties.  In addition, the commission maintains the roster of established and potential districts, may initiate district modification procedures and reviews proposed exterior changes to properties within the Portage Historic District.

The HDC is governed by the Michigan Local Historic Districts Act (PA 169 of 1970) in conjunction with Section 38 of the Portage Code of Ordinances.  For more information on specific treatment or project guidelines, see the National Park Service's Secretary of the Interior's Guidelines at www.nps.gov/tps/standards.htm.

2017 MORSA Schoolhouse of the Year Winner!

   The District #8 Schoolhouse in the Celery Flats Historical Area was the 2017 recipient of the Michigan One-Room Schoolhouse Association's "Schoolhouse of the Year" award. Portage is the 6th recipient of this award, which is one of MORSA's main programs.
  The District #8 Schoolhouse was built in 1856 on Oakland Drive, just south of Shaver Road. Originally known as the Prairie Edge School, it was used until 1947 and later converted to a private residence. The City of Portage purchased and moved the school to the Celery Flats Historical Area in 1990, restoring the building to its original schoolhouse use.  The Schoolhouse is available for rental - check out the Parks & Recreation Department Facilities Rental page.

Portage and Its Past by Grace J. Potts - Digital Format

First published in 1976 by Portage Public Schools and the Portage Library, Ms. Potts’ Portage and Its Past is one of the first comprehensive histories written about the area.  The HDC was able to duplicate the book with the support and collaboration of Portage Public Schools.


PHDC Trading Card Program

The PHDC Trading Card Program involves a series of 9 handheld cards, each highlighting a select property from the 40 existing historic sites in Portage.

The goal is to shine a spotlight on Portage’s distinct historic places through encouraging people to see these places, work to save them for future generations, and celebrate their vital role in the community.

The cards are available to collect for $1.00 per series and can be purchased at the following locations, while supplies last:
  • Portage City Hall
  • Byce & Associates Offices (487 Portage Street, Kalamazoo)

    The Commission also promotes Where the Trails Crossed.  The 67-page full color book highlights the story of 42 of the oldest properties in the City of Portage.  Where the Trails Crossed is available at Portage City Hall for $5.  


    HDC Meetings and Minutes

     January 3  Regular Meeting  Agenda  
     January 3  HDSC Public Hearing (pt. 2): 2663 Mandigo  Agenda  
     February 7  Regular Meeting    
     March 7  Regular Meeting    
     April 4  Regular Meeting    
     May 2  Regular Meeting    
     June 6  Regular Meeting    
     July - date TBD  Regular Meeting    
     August 1  Regular Meeting    
     September 5  Regular Meeting    
     October 3  Regular Meeting    
     November 7  Regular Meeting    
     December 5  Regular Meeting    
    January 11
    Regular Meeting (rescheduled)
    Agenda Minutes
    February 1
    Regular Meeting
    March 1
    Regular Meeting Agenda Minutes
    April 5
    Regular Meeting Agenda Minutes
    May 3
    Regular Meeting Agenda Minutes
    June 7
    Regular Meeting Agenda Minutes
    July 12
    Regular Meeting (rescheduled) Agenda Minutes
    July 12 HDSC Meeting: 2663 Mandigo   Agenda Minutes
    August 2
    Regular Meeting Agenda Minutes
    September 13
    Regular Meeting (rescheduled) Agenda Minutes
    September 13 HDSC Public Hearing (pt. 1): 2663 Mandigo Prelim Report /
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    October 4
    Regular Meeting Agenda Minutes
    October 4 HDSC Public Hearing (pt. 2): 2663 Mandigo Agenda Minutes
    October 18 Special Meeting: 5720 Oakland Agenda Minutes
    November 1
    Regular Meeting Agenda Minutes
    November 1 HDSC Public Hearing (pt. 2): 2663 Mandigo (postponed to 12/6/17 mtg)
    December 6
    Regular Meeting Agenda Minutes
    December 6 HDSC Public Hearing (pt. 2): 2663 Mandigo Agenda Minutes

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