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Village of 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 the Office of the Governor 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

The Landmark Society has completed the National Register nomination for the Village of Avon Historic District. In partnership with the Village of Avon and the NY State Historic Preservation Office (SHPO), we will be holding an open public meeting on Thursday, January 13th at 6:30PM to share the results of the nomination, what this means for property owners within the district, and provide information on the State and Federal tax credit programs that property owners may now be eligible for.

Click here to register for the public meeting, which will be held on Zoom.

National Register Historic District nomination process:

NOTE regarding tax credits: The NY SHPO has confirmed that homeowners may begin submitting applications for the Historic Homeowners Tax Credit program. Additional information about this program, how to submit applications, and claiming the credit will be presented during the open public meeting on January 13th.

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