The Boston Redevelopment Authority (BRTA) is seeking a $5 million federal grant to help pay for the demolition of more than 50 historic buildings and restore them to their former glory.
The Federal Land Grant Program, established by the U.S. Congress in 1966, allows the federal government to purchase land and help restore historic sites to their historic state.
The BRTA would like to buy land in Boston and then demolish a number of the buildings on the property, which would be demolished to make way for development, said BRTA Chairman Dan Worsley.
He added that the BRTA could also buy up land and rebuild them if necessary.
The historic buildings are at the intersection of the Charles River, the Boston Common, and the new Boston Harborfront.
The original buildings are worth an estimated $3.8 billion, according to the BRTAs website.
The property owners and BRTAC have been working on the restoration project for several years, but the final stages of the plan are still being finalized.
“We’re not asking for anything in particular.
We’re just asking for the land,” Worsleys told ABC News.
The land is owned by the Boston Cultural Heritage Trust, and Worskins said the project could also help preserve other historical properties around Boston, including the St. Charles and the Watertown neighborhood.
The city recently announced plans to tear them down.
According to the website of the Historic Boston, the BRTS is a nonprofit agency dedicated to helping cities and communities recover from the loss of their historic buildings.
The agency has received $17 million from the federal program since it was created in 1976.
Worsks said the BRTCA’s board of directors is also looking to get some funding for the project.
BRTCA is asking for $5.5 million from FEMA for the process, which will include purchasing the land and renovating the buildings.
The agency is also asking for up to $30,000 per year from the Massachusetts Department of Transportation for capital improvements.
The department will pay $2,500 per month for the services, and $1,500 for any renovations to the buildings, the website said.
Worsleys said the demolition and restoration will help restore the history of Boston and the surrounding area, as well as improve the health of the environment.
“This is a great opportunity to take some of these buildings out of their concrete shells and restore the historic buildings as a way of making sure that the community continues to be safe and that the public is comfortable with the historic properties,” he said.
If you go to the Boston Public Library website, you can see some of the historic property that is being demolished.