The Washington City Council approved authorizing a contract with Landmarks Association of St. Louis, Inc. to complete a reconnaissance level survey and to complete National Historic Preservation nomination revisions.

The 60/40 grant will provide funds to hire a consultant to research a proposed Fifth Street Historic District and make amendments to existing historic districts, according to Bridgette Epple, executive director of Downtown Washington Inc.

The Fifth Street corridor would extend from Louis Street to Highway 47 and would include the former Busch house, which now houses the VFW Post.

The total project cost is $22,566, with a federal match of $13,539.60 and the city match of $9,026.40. A total of $10,000 would be allocated in fiscal year ’13 and the balance in fiscal year ’14 for a second round of grants.

The city council earlier approved the Historic Preservation Fund Grant agreement between the city and the Missouri Department of Natural Resources, Missouri State Parks, Historic Preservation Office.

Last year, the council approved applying for the grant to research and possibly nominate certain property along the Fifth Street corridor and other parts of the city to the National Register of Historic Places.

The grant funds will be administered by the Washington Historic Preservation Commission in partnership with Downtown Washington Inc.