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Village Avon Historic District Project

Background

In the summer of 2019, The Landmark Society completed a historic resources survey of the Village of Avon. This project was funded through a Preserve New York grant to the Village of Avon. Preserve NY is a signature grant program of the New York State Council on the Arts and the Preservation League of New York State. Preserve New York is made possible with the support of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo and the New York State Legislature.

Our recommendations from that project (presented in the report below) included the creation of a National Register historic district.

Preliminary boundaries for the proposed Avon Historic District. Exact boundaries may be subject to change.

Click here to view the full Avon Historic Resources Survey Report (4.7 MB PDF)

Survey data for individual properties that were documented during the survey project was uploaded to the NY State Historic Preservation Office’s GIS database, called CRIS. You can explore the database as a guest here.

Next Steps

In the summer of 2020, the Village of Avon received a second Preserve New York grant to take the next step and complete a National Register nomination for the proposed Avon Historic District. The Landmark Society has contracted with the Village to complete the research and paperwork for the nomination. A draft nomination will be submitted to the NY State Historic Preservation Office in summer 2021.

National Register Historic District nomination process:

NOTE for planning work on your home for the 2021 construction season: Often, NY SHPO will allow homeowners to use the Historic Homeowners Tax Credit program prior to the final completion of the nomination. In this case, homeowners submit a tax credit application, receive conditional approval from SHPO staff, do the approved work, and then can claim the credits on their NYS income tax once the nomination has been approved at the State level.

FAQs

Does listing the Village in a National Register Historic District restrict what I can do to my home or commercial property?

NO.

Who qualifies for the NYS Historic Homeowners Tax Credit program?

Owner occupied homes located in a qualifying census tract (all of the Village is in a qualifying tract) and a National Register historic district.

Is there a tax credit program for rental and/or commercial properties?

Yes, there is a State and Federal historic tax credit program for income-producing properties. These programs are designed for major rehabs and have a higher threshold for spending in order to qualify than the homeowners program. Contact us or SHPO for more information.

What type of work qualifies for tax credits?

Kitchens & bath remodels, porch repairs, paint, HVAC, window repairs, floor refinishing, etc. Landscaping and garages/carriage houses, and appliances do not qualify.

How do I apply for tax credits?

Before beginning any work, complete an application detailing your proposed work. Submit to the State Historic Preservation Office.

More info

Click the following links to view the first public informational meeting, held on February 24, 2021. (due to a technical glitch that caused an interruption in the meeting, the meeting recording is in 2 parts)

Public Meeting Part 1

Public Meeting Part 2

Still have QUESTIONS? Contact Megan Klem.

>>Click here to learn more about the NYS Historic Homeowners Tax Credit program

If you have specific questions about the tax credit program, you can contact Christina Vagvolgyi with the NY State Historic Preservation Office (SHPO) at: 518-268-2217 or Christina.Vagvolgyi@parks.ny.gov.

>>Click here to learn more about the National Register of Historic Places