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Hotel preservation effort garners $15,000 grant
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Hotel Deer Lodge received a facelift in late 2014 as the Montana State Prison fire crew painted the main floor facade. Deer Lodge Preservation, Inc., a nonprofit that recently acquired the historic hotel from Deer Lodge Development Group, plans to renovate the historic hotel.
November 16, 2015 7:00 pm • Pat Hansen for The Montana Standard
Meeting set on hotel project
DEER LODGE — Deer Lodge Preservation, Inc. will hold a public meeting 5 to 6 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 18, at the Woman’s Club, 800 Missouri Ave., Deer Lodge.
The community is invited to comment on the Hotel Deer Lodge restoration project, especially related to the EPA grant for hazardous waste cleanup.
The preservation group intends to apply for an EPA grant to help with cleaning up hazardous toxins in the building that include asbestos and lead paint.
EPA assessments one and two as well as the Brownfield’s cleanup alternatives that summarize information about site contamination issues, cleanup standards, applicable laws, cleanup alternatives considered and proposed cleaning will be available for review at the meeting.
DEER LODGE — A $15,000 grant will allow a Deer Lodge nonprofit to take one more step forward in restoration of the historic Hotel Deer Lodge.
Deer Lodge Preservation, Inc. recently received the Community Development Block Grant from the Montana Department of Commerce. Because only local governments are eligible to apply for CDBG grants, Deer Lodge Preservation partnered with Powell County.
The money will be used for a Preliminary Architects Report for the Hotel Deer Lodge. The report is crucial in procuring grants for the redevelopment and rehabilitation of the historic downtown to attract investors to the district.
Deer Lodge Preservation officers are Katherine Bair, president; Kayo Fraser, vice president, Debbie Benes, secretary, and Donna McCarthy, treasurer, with Mary Ann Fraley as a grant consultant.
When the hotel was built in 1911, it was considered the “finest hotel in Montana,” with hot and cold running water in most of the rooms and an elevator. Bair admits renovation of the hotel is a major undertaking that will take a number of years to complete.
She said many in the community understand the need to revitalize the building as an important part of revitalizing the historic downtown.
“We have received an outpouring of support from those who know that we live in an extraordinary town and this kind of renovation will help keep and attract people so our community can grow and prosper,’’ Bair said.
The preservation group also intends to apply for an EPA Hazardous Waste Cleanup Grant to help with cleaning up hazardous toxins in the building that include asbestos and lead paint. (See breakout.)
The hotel also needs a new roof for which the group is seeking money.
Bair said the group is looking at various grants for infrastructure; however, most of the grants require a match of “cold, hard cash” and need to have commitment letters attached to the application.
Donations for the roof can be mailed to Deer Lodge Preservation, Box 136, Deer Lodge, MT 59722.
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