Specialty and competitive programs
The Historic Roadside Properties Program funds the repair, rehabilitation and preservation of roadside properties that are either listed on, or eligible for, the National Register of Historic Places.
Projects were identified by a series of cultural resources studies of historic roadside development properties conducted in 1996-1998 by Gemini Research for MnDOT. A supplement released in updated on 2005 with amendments in 2006 and 2009. Newer properties up to 1975 construction was completed in 2016 by Stark/Deco. A new study which combines all previous reports and update selected sites is underway in 2019.
The studies identified 243 MnDOT properties, of which 56 are either listed on, or eligible for, the National Register of Historic Places.
In addition to the scoring criteria, other factors are also considered in selecting historic property rehabilitation and repair projects. For example:
- It is not unusual for historic structures located close to the roadway to be struck by vehicles. In these cases, the historic property will be repaired as soon as possible under program guidelines.
- Occasionally a property will be found to be deteriorating at a faster rate than anticipated and repairs must be accelerated in order to avoid losing the structure.
- Local Government agencies or individuals will request that a structure located close to their municipality be restored.