- Associated Press - Wednesday, September 17, 2014

ATHENS, Ga. (AP) - University of Georgia officials say they will create a plan to help decide which buildings are worthy of preservation.

The Athens Banner-Herald reported Wednesday (https://bit.ly/1u6JZ8G) that the preservation plan being developed is expected to involve thousands of university-owned buildings across Georgia.

Dean of UGA’s College of Environment and Design, Daniel Nadenicek, will lead the steering group overseeing the plan’s development, school officials said.

Completing the preservation plan is expected to take about two years, Nadenicek said. He added that some members of the public will be invited to participate as the plan is solidified and after an inventory of university-owned properties is complete.

The plan will establish guidelines to help evaluate the importance of university buildings and whether they warrant preservation, restoration or rehabilitation UGA officials said in a statement. The University of Georgia and its properties throughout Georgia are home to more historic buildings than any other state agency, according to records from the State Historical Preservation Commission.

The Athens newspaper reports that the plan will bring UGA into compliance with a decades-old state law and a Board of Regents policy requiring institutions such as UGA to prepare historic preservation plans.

“I think that’s great, and I really appreciate that they’re going to move forward,” said Executive Director of the Athens-Clarke Heritage Foundation Amy Kissane.

Kissane was among the preservation experts who tried pushing UGA officials to spare Rutherford Hall, a depression-era dormitory from demolition. The building was razed to make way for a larger one that resembled it.

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Information from: Athens Banner-Herald, https://www.onlineathens.com

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