Community invited to strategic historic preservation planning session


The city of Tyler will conduct a community open house and planning session at 6 p.m. Sept. 21 at the Smith County Historical Society, 125 S. College Ave. 

This planning session is part of the city’s effort to develop a citywide plan, which will identify specific strategies for strengthening its current historic preservation program and defining its roles in revitalizing Tyler’s downtown and historic neighborhoods.

Topics will include future historic districts, financial incentives, important historic resources, Downtown Tyler, neighborhood vibrancy and education and outreach initiatives. 

All interested citizens are invited to attend. The workshop will consist of several exhibits on existing historic districts and landmarks and interactive exercises regarding the future of preservation in Tyler. The workshop will last two hours. Food and refreshments will be provided by Marco’s Pizza.

The city has contracted the Lakota Group, a historic preservation planning firm based in Chicago, Illinois, to assist with the workshop and development of the plan.  The city has also formed a steering committee made up of community stakeholders to help guide the development of the plan, which is expected to be finished in early 2017. 

“Concepts and strategies for enhancing historic preservation will help provide an overall preservation vision for Tyler,” said Mayor Martin Heines. “Thinking of the bigger picture will help position historic preservation as a key tool for community development and growth.”

This Plan is made possible by a certified Local Government matching grant provided by the Texas Historical Commission, as well as from support by the city.

-Augusta Robinson


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