The Historic Preservation Program

Benefits of Historic Preservation

  • Overall vitality and economic health.
  • Vitality of our older areas .
  • Rehabilitation to help stabilize to the local economy.
  • Reflect our evolution, history, and distinguish Lee’s Summit from other communities.
  • Rehabilitation directly benefits adjacent property owners.
  • Rehabilitated building increases more rapidly than the real estate market in the larger community.
  • Older buildings are ideal for smaller and start-up businesses.

Five goals compose the key elements to achieving historic preservation in the community:

  1. Integrate preservation into the City’s planning, land use and property management codes and policies.
  2. Increase awareness of historic preservation.
  3. Develop and expand appropriate mechanisms for the identification, evaluation, and protection of historic and cultural resources.
  4. Develop and complete a coordinated effort to update and replace obsolete and decaying infrastructure.
  5. Encourage the utilization of existing and the development of traditional and nontraditional economic incentives.