KHPC Seeks Nominations for Historic Preservation Awards of Merit

The City of Kalamazoo’s Historic Preservation Commission is currently seeking nominations for Historic Preservation Awards of Merit.

For the last two decades the Kalamazoo Historic Preservation Commission (KHPC) has presented awards to preservation related projects in the city of Kalamazoo. Past awards have recognized a diverse group of projects including the Ladies Library Association building, the restored neon sign on Paris Cleaners, infill houses by Kalamazoo Neighborhood Housing Services, and both rental and owner-occupied housing rehabilitation projects in the River’s Edge area.

Historic preservation is an important part of the Kalamazoo we know and love and the KHPC acts to encourage and recognize the efforts made by local people to preserve our heritage and history. These awards also recognize individual people who have made a contribution to preservation (such as contractors and architects) and institutions with a track record of preserving their historic resources.

To be nominated for an award a project must:

  • be located in the city of Kalamazoo – the KHPC especially encourages nominations outside the historic districts.
  • maintain the historic character of the building or resource
  • have work substantially completed within the past five years
  • have a complete nomination submitted by Monday, March 6, 2017 at 5:00 pm

Complete details are included in the pdf Nomination Packet (122 KB) . Nominations must be submitted by 5:00 p.m. on Monday, March 6. An awards ceremony will be held in May to coincide with National Historic Preservation Month.

16th Annual Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Community-Wide Day of Service to be Celebrated Monday, January 16

The City of Kalamazoo and Gryphon Place, in cooperation with Fifth Third Bank, Life EMS, Schupan & Sons, Envirologic, and Western Michigan University, will sponsor the 16th Annual Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Community-Wide Day of Service (The Transformative Power of a Unified Dream) on Monday, January 16, 2017.

During even the most difficult of times, Americans have shown amazing strength and resilience in the face of adversity. In the midst of disasters, Americans have been moved time and time again to support our fellow citizens by rebuilding homes and communities. Even in the day-to-day struggles of Americans everywhere, community members show an inspiring willingness to lend a hand to those in need. During the National Day of Service, volunteers will have the opportunity to dedicate their time to service projects that strengthen our community and support our neighbors.

Residents are again encouraged to volunteer their time at participating area social service agencies coordinated by Volunteer Kalamazoo. Volunteers can pre-register for a project site online at or by contacting Jenna Touchette at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Volunteers may also register onsite at City Hall (241 W. South Street) on Monday, January 16 between 8:00 and 9:00 a.m.

Over the past 15 years, the City and other community organizations have come together to make this holiday a meaningful experience and an opportunity to do something good for others. It has been a day that reflects the life, teaching, and spirit of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., bringing people together around the common focus of service to others and breaking down the social and economic barriers that divide our nation.

The City of Kalamazoo is also seeking nominations for the Dr. Lewis Walker Social Justice Youth Awards.  The Dr. Lewis Walker Social Justice Youth Award will be given to student(s) between the ages of 12-19 from the Kalamazoo community in honor of Dr. Lewis Walker, a trailblazer for the progression of racial equity in Kalamazoo. The winner(s) will have demonstrated leadership achievements in the area of racial and social justice through community service activities and volunteerism. Along with the community service award, the winner(s) will receive a $200.00 monetary award, and a certificate will be awarded during a Kalamazoo City Commission meeting. Nominations will only be accepted from adults who work with young people. Nominations are being accepted through Friday, January 6, 2017 at 5:00 p.m. at or by contacting Martin Markos at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 269-337-8082.

For additional information about the MLK Day of Service, contact the City of Kalamazoo City Manager’s Office at (269) 337-8082 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Real Holiday Tree Drop-Offs Accepted through January 31 at 1204 Bank Street

When the time comes to take down your holiday decorations, please bring real holiday trees to the Bank Street Market parking lot (located at 1204 Bank Street). Real trees are biodegradable, easily recyclable, and may be dropped off at any time through January 31. Please be sure to remove all ornaments and other decorations.

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