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Kalamazoo Historic Preservation Commission to Recognize Local Preservation Work

The Kalamazoo Historic Preservation Commission (HPC) is currently accepting nominations for the 2021 Historic Preservation Awards of Merit. The awards recognize individuals, institutions, and projects that sustain our community’s character through an outstanding commitment to historic preservation.

Nomination packets are available pdf here (1.07 MB) . Completed nominations can be submitted to Sharon Ferraro, the City of Kalamazoo’s Historic Preservation Coordinator, by mail to 245 North Rose, Ste 100, Kalamazoo, MI 49007 or by email to ferraros@kalamazoocity.org. Nominations must be submitted by Monday, March 29, 2021 at 5:00 p.m.

Nominate a project, person, or group for an Award of Merit

The Historic Preservation Commission will present awards at a virtual ceremony during National Preservation Month in May 2021.

Community members can submit as many separate nominations as they wish in the following categories:

  • Individuals or Institutions
  • Residential Property Projects
  • Commercial, Institutional, or Government Property Projects
  • Mixed Use (Commercial and Residential or others) Property Projects
  • Interior Rehabilitation
  • Infill or New Construction

2021 awards will also include two new categories:

  • Innovative Solutions in Preservation
  • Archaeology

To be eligible for nomination, projects must be in the City of Kalamazoo and have been completed within the past five years, with the work substantially completed by March 15, 2021. Rehabilitation projects should comply with the Secretary of the Interior Standards. The Commission is especially seeking projects outside the currently designated historic districts.

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Historic Preservation Awards were not presented in 2020. Nominations submitted in 2020 will be considered for awards in 2021.

Additional information is  available in the pdf Historic Preservation Award Nominating Packet (1.07 MB) . Please contact Sharon Ferraro at (269) 337-8804 or by email to ferraros@kalamazoocity.org with any questions.

City of Kalamazoo Partners with Consumers Energy to Promote Energy Efficiency and Savings 

The City of Kalamazoo is partnering with Consumers Energy and encouraging all utility customers to take advantage of their Free Home Energy Analysis Program. Through the program, qualified Consumer Energy customers can reduce their monthly utility costs, get up to $50 of water and energy saving products for free, and have a more energy efficient and comfortable home. 

Customers that request a Home Energy Analysis will have a trained analyst visit their home. During a 90-minute walkthrough, they will evaluate the customer’s home and identify ways that it can be made more energy efficient. With the customers approval, upgrades will be installed that can save up to $150 per year in energy and utility costs. Potential upgrades include LED lightbulbs, kitchen and faucet aerators, high efficiency showerheads, water heater pipe wrap, LED nightlights, and programmable thermostats (eligibility determined during visit). Additionally, the City of Kalamazoo is adding water saving tools to the incentive like dye kits to check your toilet for potential leaks as well as other opportunities for those that are not eligible to participate in the Consumers Energy program. Once complete, the customer will receive a summary report with additional recommendations on how to improve the home’s comfort and energy efficiency.

During each appointment, health guidelines will be followed to protect the customers safety including the use of face masks, hand sanitizer, social distancing, and disinfecting work areas.

“Energy efficiency saves our customers money and makes our community more sustainable,” explained James Baker, Director of Public Services for the City of Kalamazoo, “and we’re grateful to Consumers Energy for including water efficiency upgrades as part of this program. I encourage all of our utility customers to take advantage of this free program to upgrade your home and help reduce your bills.”

Customers that wish to schedule a Home Energy Analysis can contact Consumers Energy directly by calling 1-888-316-8014 or online at www.homeanalysis-consumersenergy.com/schedule and selecting promo code Kzoo21.

ELECTRONIC MEETING NOTICE - Board of Review - March 2, 2021 to March 23, 2021

The Board of Review for the City of Kalamazoo will meet as provided by law in its March 2021 sessions, as follows.


Starting Time







March 2, 2021

9:00 AM




March 3, 2021


1:30 PM



March 4, 2021


1:30 PM




March 9, 2021

9:00 AM




March 10, 2021



6:00 PM


March 11, 2021


1:30 PM



March 12, 2021

9:00 AM

1:30 PM




March 17, 2021


1:30 PM



March 18, 2021


1:30 PM




March 23, 2021

10:00 AM



Where:             Board of Review Virtual sessions (each session listed below)

These meetings will be conducted electronically in order for members, staff, and the public to comply with the Emergency Order under MCL 333.2253 – Gatherings and Face Mask Order issued by Elizabeth Hertel, Director of the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services, on February 4, 2021.

Persons with disabilities who need accommodations to effectively participate in these meetings should contact the City Assessor’s office at cokassessor@kalamazoocity.org  or 269-337-8636 by 4:00 pm the day prior to the meeting to request assistance.                      

Why: Pursuant to Charter and Code of Ordinances of the City of Kalamazoo and the Michigan General Property Tax Act, the Board of Review will meet in its March sessions to consider any or all of the following:

  • To review and hear protests on the 2021 Assessment Roll as prepared and submitted by the City Assessor, including protests as to 2021 Assessed Value, 2021 Tentative Taxable Value, and 2021 Assessment Classification.
  • To receive and consider homestead poverty exemption claims for 2021;
  • Any other business that may properly come before the board.

The list below contains the links to each Board of Review session.

To attend virtually, please enter the public link in your computer/tablet/phone browser.

To attend by phone please call 269-552-6425 and enter the Webinar ID for the meeting.

Meetings are typically last three (3) hours but may be shorter. 

If no business is scheduled for the day, the meeting will be cancelled.


Date/Time:  Mar 2, 2021 09:00 AM Eastern Time (US and Canada)

Webinar ID:  971 1107 1051

Public Link:  https://zoom.us/j/97111071051


Date/Time:  Mar 3, 2021 01:30 PM Eastern Time (US and Canada)

Webinar ID:  938 4669 7479

Public Link:  https://zoom.us/j/93846697479


Date/Time:  Mar 4, 2021 01:30 PM Eastern Time (US and Canada)

Webinar ID:  977 7428 8879

Public Link:  https://zoom.us/j/97774288879


Date/Time:  Mar 9, 2021 09:00 AM Eastern Time (US and Canada)

Webinar ID:  961 3841 0961

Public Link:  https://zoom.us/j/96138410961


Date/Time:  Mar 10, 2021 06:00 PM Eastern Time (US and Canada)

Webinar ID:  952 4463 1037

Public Link:  https://zoom.us/j/95244631037


Date/Time:  Mar 11, 2021 01:30 PM Eastern Time (US and Canada)

Webinar ID:  978 9844 3336

Public Link:  https://zoom.us/j/97898443336


Date/Time:  Mar 12, 2021 09:00 AM Eastern Time (US and Canada)

Webinar ID:  967 9237 5127

Public Link:  https://zoom.us/j/96792375127


Date/Time:  Mar 12, 2021 01:30 PM Eastern Time (US and Canada)

Webinar ID:  952 9597 3771

Public Link:  https://zoom.us/j/95295973771


Date/Time:  Mar 17, 2021 01:30 PM Eastern Time (US and Canada)

Webinar ID:  943 4591 3892

Public Link:  https://zoom.us/j/94345913892


Date/Time:  Mar 18, 2021 09:00 AM Eastern Time (US and Canada)

Webinar ID:  989 0978 4886

Public Link:  https://zoom.us/j/98909784886


Date/Time:  Mar 23, 2021 10:00 AM Eastern Time (US and Canada)

Webinar ID:  991 0058 3648

Public Link:  https://zoom.us/j/99100583648

City of Kalamazoo

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     Kalamazoo, MI 49007

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