Historic Preservation Commission

Historic Preservation Commission

Committee Expectations

The City of Kentwood Historic Preservation Commission is a group of seven individuals appointed by the City Commission. The mission of the Historic Preservation Commission is to identify, preserve, develop and promote the City of Kentwood’s architectural, historical and cultural heritage. Candidates for the Historic Commission should have an interest in local history, and a desire to preserve the history and historic elements of Paris Township and the City of Kentwood. Experience in architecture, building construction and engineering or historic preservation are desirable but not required. Members of the Historic Preservation Commission must be willing to educate themselves on the history of the City and the legalities regarding the preservation of historic resources.


The Historic Preservation Commission meets monthly on the first Monday of the month at 6 p.m. in the Heritage Room at the Kent District Library - Kentwood (Richard L. Root) Branch, 4950 Breton Ave. SE.  Members serve for three-year terms


  • Debi Crawford-Poyner
  • Karleen Root
  • Dwell Moore 
  • Erika Plunkett
  • Dave VanDyke
  • Brian Woodin
  • Lisa Golder (Kentwood staff member) 
  • Vacancy 


historic-bookThe Story of Kentwood describes the dramatic struggles and sacrifices of the earliest settlers of Paris Township, the changes that marked the Township's coming of age near the turn of the century, and the rapid transformation of an agricultural area into a thriving suburban community. The authors weave stories told by longtime residents with historical facts and text to create a book that is an interesting as well as an informative source. Copies of The Story of Kentwood can be purchased for $10 at City Hall or Kent District Library - Kentwood (Richard L. Root) Branch. Click here for some historical facts about Kentwood (Paris Township).

Don't Throw It Out!
When was the last time you cleaned your attic or basement? What did you do with all of the old pictures and other memorabilia?

Whatever you do, don't throw it out and don't leave it tucked away so that no one else can see it! You are the community and your history is worth sharing with others! Consider adding it to the Kentwood Library for preservation and use within the Local History Room.

How Can You Get Involved?

If you are interested in learning more about the Historic Preservation Commission, attend one of their regular scheduled meetings or call at 616.554.0707.

We also welcome residents to participate in a variety of other boards and committees and are always accepting applications. If you're interested in getting involved and serving the community, please send completed committee applications to mayor@kentwood.us.


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