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Facade Easements Featured in Webinar

Are you interested in learning how to use façade easements to protect and preserve historic properties? Façade easements have long been a tool used by preservationists to protect historic community landmarks in cities throughout the United States and quite often in the City of Atlanta. The Georgia Main Street Program offers a 50 min. webinar with guest presenter Ms. Angela Threadgill, Executive Director of Easements Atlanta, Inc.

During this presentation Angela will guide those who are unfamiliar with the façade easement process through the legal requirements as well as the preservation benefits to your community. During this webinar Angela will also […]

Easements Moving Forward with Lessons Learned

April 15th is just around the corner and there’s no better time to talk taxes; more specifically to talk about charitable contributions of preservation easements.  Since 2006, the courts have collectively issued more than 47 decisions involving challenges to deductions claimed under IRC § 170(h) with regard to conservation easement donations. 21 of those 47 decisions are related to preservation or facade easements. The tax courts’ decisions haven’t been talked about to any great length outside typical professional easement circles, like appraisers and tax attorneys, but that appears to be changing. During a recent lunch-and-learn presentation, Easements Atlanta’s Executive Director Angela Threadgill spoke […]

Facade Grant Awarded to Glenn Building

Invest Atlanta will award nearly $2 million dollars to 20 grant recipients whose proposals have been accepted as part of the Downtown Façade Improvement Program. The process, launched earlier this year, called for applicants located within the Westside and Eastside Tax Allocation Districts (TADs) to submit projects for consideration that had the potential to visually enhance the Atlanta Streetcar corridor. Among those recipients is the Glenn Building at 110-120 Marietta Street (owned by Legacy Property Group), which are historic buildings protected by preservation easements held by Easements Atlanta, Inc.

Awards range from $20,000 to $400,000 and individual projects will be launched […]

Five Common Findings in CSI – Graffiti and Site Drainage (Part 3 of 3)

In Part 1 and Part 2 of the ‘CSI’ serial blog, we discussed three of the five most common findings during Easements Atlanta’s Conservation Site Inspections: the deterioration of both steel windows and wood windows, lintels, and masonry mortar. The last two common findings of this blog installment is the prevalence of graffiti and proper removal techniques, and how effective site drainage will prevent building deterioration.
Graffiti

Graffiti happens.  While there’s an ongoing discussion on the value of graffiti within our society and culture, where does this leave the property owner whose building has become the canvas for unsolicited graphics?  For […]

Five Common Findings in CSI – Lintels and Masonry Mortar (Part 2 of 3)

In Part 1 of CSI we discussed the deterioration of both steel windows and wood windows, which is one of the five most common findings during Easements Atlanta’s Conservation Site Inspections.  There isn’t necessarily an order to the “Big 5,” but the topic of windows inspired the next installment of two more common findings: lintels and masonry mortar.
Lintels
Just above every window and door opening is a header, or in masonry buildings, a lintel.  For buildings constructed in the 1890s to present, the lintel is usually fabricated of steel, wrought iron or cast iron that stretches across the top of a […]

Five Common Findings in CSI – Windows (Part 1 of 3)

If you’re thinking of the addictive television series, think again.  Every year, for the last 30 years, Easements Atlanta has conducted CSI: Conservation Site Inspections, a fitting term for our annual monitoring of properties on which we hold preservation easements.  (I know, it seems like the show has aired for 30 years, but episodes are only in their 14th season.)  “CSI” is underway for 2014 and in order to appropriately identify conditions of a site, the “CSI” team performs a pre-assessment to help identify pre-existing conditions, conditions that have been slow to affect the site, and more recent changes […]

Federal Tax Plan to Enhance Conservation Easement Incentives

A bill before the U.S. House of Representatives would make permanent the enhanced federal tax deductions related to conservation easements, which includes qualified donations of historically and architecturally significant properties.  The Conservation Easement Incentive Act of 2014, H.R. 2807,  will encourage more property owners of certified historic structures to protect their investment through the donation of a preservation easement.

When property owners voluntarily agree to protect their historic properties from demolition or further development, the federal government gives them a deduction on their income taxes to recognize the charitable gift they’re making for Georgians and all Americans.  Entrepreneurs and expanding […]

Easements Atlanta Participates in Phoenix Flies (x3)

The Atlanta Preservation Center’s Phoenix Flies: A Celebration of Atlanta’s Historic Sites, March 7-23, 2014, will feature events presented by Easements Atlanta, Inc. (EAI), among other local historic attractions.  As EAI revels in its 30th year, we will be host to not just one event but three events this year.  This unique annual program gives the public access to hundreds of free events at historic sites important to Atlanta’s past, present and future.  Guided walking tours, bicycle tours, exhibits and lectures are among this year’s 230 free events.  A full listing of events is posted on the Atlanta Preservation Center’s website, but here’s […]

Easements Atlanta Celebrates 30 Years

Thirty years ago Easements Atlanta, Inc. (EAI) was a newcomer to Atlanta’s preservation community, but incredible support launched us quickly as a facilitator within the local preservation movement.  When EAI was established in 1984, Atlanta had a strong preservation voice.  Yet there were limited incentives to encourage historic preservation.  EAI was created to bring awareness to the benefits of historic preservation easements at a local level (a preservation tool created by the Federal government in 1976) and accept this type of charitable donation.   Within days of opening our doors, EAI began to accept donations of historic preservation easements.  Today […]

Atlanta Regional Historic Preservation Forum

Mark your calendar for the next Atlanta Regional Commission’s Historic Preservation Forum, to be held Wednesday, November 13, 2013 from 9:00-11:30 a.m.  The program, developed by the Historic Preservation Division of the Georgia Department of Natural Resources, is a continuation of February’s discussion about tax incentives available for historic properties – this time focusing on historic preservation easements.
The event is hosted by the Atlanta Preservation Center and will feature Easements Atlanta, Inc. and the Georgia Trust for Historic Preservation.  Easements Atlanta will give a presentation focusing on program basics, legal issues, and Metro Atlanta case studies. The Georgia Trust for […]