Falls Community Center Receives Restoration Grant | News, Sports, Jobs

NEWTON FALLS — Heritage Accord in Newton Falls has received a matching grant in the amount of $24,575 from the Jeffris Family Foundation Ltd. for the Newton Falls Community Center.

Heritage Accord is a state-registered non-profit organization to restore, renovate and preserve the community center so that it can be reopened and made available to the public. The Jeffris Family Foundation grant will be combined with an equal amount of funds available from Heritage Accord to fully cover the cost of a report on the historic structure of the community center.

This report will be prepared by specially qualified and experienced architects and engineers and is essential to the next phase of restoration and renovation of the historic community center. It was opened over 80 years ago, in January 1942, as a United Services Organization facility at 52 E. Quarry St. The Newton Falls Community Center is owned by the village and leased to Heritage Accord.

Reopening the center to the public will not only honor its original historic use and structural and architectural features as a historic USO building, but also allow it to become a significant and attractive facility for special gatherings and education. residents of Newton Falls and surrounding areas. areas, according to a press release.

“This prominent structure is a nationally recognized historic property and is now listed on the National Register of Historic Places. As such, renovations will be completed in accordance with US Department of the Interior standards and guidelines for historic properties. Additionally, in 2017, the Newton Falls Community Center was recognized by the Ohio Historical Society and the Trumbull County Historical Society for the structure’s historical significance,” it is said.

Connie Smith Talcott, President of Heritage Accord, said: “Thanks to the generosity of our community and local organizations, we have the funds to meet the initial 50% match. Our board looks forward to working on an ongoing plan to raise all the funds needed to complete The restoration of the community center will be a source of pride for all of Newton Falls and one that will embrace the entire community.

Heritage Accord will soon announce details of an event this fall to celebrate the 80th anniversary of the inauguration of this historic USO facility and community center. Donations for the project can be made to Heritage Accord, PO 82, Newton Falls, OH, 44444.

The Jeffris Family Foundation was established in 1979 by Bruce and Eleanor Jeffris and their son, Tom. The foundation’s mission is to preserve the cultural history and heritage of the Midwest through the preservation of historic buildings and decorative arts projects of regional and national significance.

The foundation expanded its reach to include Ohio in 2009.

Thomas M. Jeffris, president of the foundation, said: “We are proud and excited to partner with Heritage Accord and the community of Newton Falls to preserve and restore the Community Center, a historic USO. This grant represents our commitment to preserve our past for future generations.

Among the projects across the Midwest for which the Jeffris Family Foundation has previously awarded grants are President Warren G. Harding’s home in Marion; Grouseland, residence of President William Henry Harrison, Vincennes, Indiana; and the historic Home Building Association Bank, designed by famed architect Louis Sullivan, in Newark, Ohio.

In awarding its matching grant to Heritage Accord, the foundation considered four main criteria: historical significance, proposed project and plan, location, and organizational excellence of the sponsor.

This information will guide Heritage Accord in its fundraising and financial planning as well as the project schedule and discussions with contractors. After soliciting proposals from several highly qualified companies in northeast Ohio, Heritage Accord selected Perspectus Architecture to complete the historic structures report. The Perspectus Architecture team will also include Scheeser Buckley Mayfield, who will provide a mechanical, electrical, plumbing and fire protection assessment of the complex. Also included are Engineering for Historic Structures, which will provide structural assessments for the facility, and Regency Construction, which will prepare all construction material and cost estimates.

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Jill E. Washington