Preservation Society’s CPA projects get final approval

With the City Council’s approval of Fall River’s $296 million budget for fiscal year 2020 at its June 20 meeting, the last hurdle has been cleared for the Preservation Society’s two Community Preservation Act projects.

The FY20 budget included $1.834 million in appropriations for 14 projects approved by the Community Preservation Committee at its May 13 meeting.

The Preservation Society submitted applications for two projects this year — Preservation Design Guidelines and work for the historic Dr. Isaac Fiske House on Pine Street.

The $50,000 appropriation for the preservation design guidelines will help guide the city’s local historic districts and serve as an educational resource for property owners and city officials alike.

The $69,000 appropriated for the Preservation Society-owned Fiske House is the first phase of work outlined in its recent building assessment. The project will include the repair and replacement of some windows and the installation of heating, ventilation, and air conditioning units for some of the apartments.

Not only will the repairs and upgrades help preserve the property, they will also help make the building more energy efficient.

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