For the Historic Preservation Plan, I work with Erin Hammerstadt of Preservation Pennsylvania. During the months of April and May, Erin reached out to each of the Trail Town communities organizations to learn more about projects and ideas that each Town would like to work on or see happen. Each town has different assets in its historic resources and buildings. Starting in June, Erin and the TTOCers will be gathering in the communities to start projects related to historic preservation but also community improvements.
One of the first successes of the Trail Town Preservation Plan projects was a listing on the Young Preservationists Association of Pittsburgh (YPA) Top 10 Preservation Opportunities. I nominated the Connellsville Armory and it was selected to be in this year's report. In the last few years, properties that have been listed on the Top 10 list have received over 80 million dollars in reinvestment or redevelopment saving these structures from demolition.