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.

 

ANNUAL PRESERVATION EVENT - Mark Your Calendars!
Th
ursday, May 18, 2017 @ 4:30 to 6:30 p.m.
6869 S. Sprinkle Road - FREE & open to the public (donations welcome).

Generously sponsored by Mick Lynch with appetizers served by Latitude 42!

    • Presentation by Blair Bates, President of Building Restoration Inc. with extensive knowledge from his work on various restoration projects including the smokestack of Gibson Guitar Factory, Vicksburg Library, and Plainwell paper mill site.
    • Tour of Several Restored Historic Homes rehabbed as offices by Mick Lynch.
    • Mini Expo several organizations will be on site to offer material sourcing and craftsmanship, as well as historic background of the area.


    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. Portage’s historic properties illustrate the city’s early beginnings, highlighting the journey from township to 50 years as a city.

    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


      2017      
      January 11
      Regular Meeting (rescheduled)
      Agenda Minutes
      February 1
      Regular Meeting
      Agenda
      Minutes
      March 1
      Regular Meeting Agenda Minutes
      April 5
      Regular Meeting Agenda Minutes
      May 3
      Regular Meeting Agenda  
      June 7
      Regular Meeting    
      July 5
      Regular Meeting    
      August 2
      Regular Meeting    
      September 6
      Regular Meeting    
      October 4
      Regular Meeting    
      November 1
      Regular Meeting    
      December 6
      Regular Meeting    
             
      2016



      December 7
      Regular Meeting
      Agenda Minutes
      November 2
      Regular Meeting
      Agenda Minutes
      October 5
      Study Committee Meeting: 8009 Cox's Dr.
      Agenda Minutes
      October 5
      Regular Meeting
      Agenda Minutes
      September 14
      Public Hearing: 8009 Cox's Drive
      Agenda Minutes
          Study Report
      September 14
      Regular Meeting (rescheduled from Sept. 7)
      Agenda
      Minutes
      August 3
      Regular Meeting
      Agenda
      Minutes
      July 14
      Study Committee Meeting: 8009 Cox's Dr.
      Agenda
      Minutes
      July 6
      Study Committee Meeting: 8009 Cox's Dr.
      Agenda
      Minutes
      July 6
      Regular Meeting
      Agenda Minutes
      June 1
      Regular Meeting
      Agenda Minutes
      May 4
      Regular Meeting
      Agenda Minutes
      April 6
      Regular Meeting
      Agenda Minutes
      March 2
      Regular Meeting
      Agenda
      Minutes
      February 3
      Regular Meeting
      Agenda Minutes
      January 6
      Regular Meeting
      Agenda Minutes
      January 6
      Special Meeting (HDSC)
      Agenda Final Report