Thanks to the support of many volunteers, neighborhood leaders, businesses, residents, sponsors, partners, and grant funders, the Park Avenue Historic District project will soon be a reality! In the fall of 2018, we were close enough to our fundraising goal to give our project consultant, Clinton Brown Company Architecture of Buffalo, the green light to begin the extensive work that goes into a National Register nomination. CBCA’s project
team has been busy documenting the approximately 1600 properties within the district boundaries, researching the history and development of the neighborhood, and synthesizing all of their work into a history, justification, and physical description of the neighborhood.
As we go to print, we are just a few thousand dollars away from our total goal of $55,000. Generous grant support came from the Rochester Area Community Foundation and the Preserve New York grant program. 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 NY is made possible with the support of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo and the New York State Legislature. Special support also came from the South East Area Coalition and the Historic District ad-hoc committee: Stephanie Frontz, Park Avenue Revitalization Committee; Thomas Pastecki, ABC Streets Neighborhood Association; Sandra Goldman, Barrington Street Neighborhood Association; and Vic Vinkey, Park Meigs Neighborhood Association.
Now that the paperwork is in progress, homeowners in the neighborhood are
able to utilize the New York State Historic Homeowners Tax Credit program. This program provides a credit off your NYS income tax worth 20% of qualifying repair and rehab expenses. If you live in the Park Avenue neighborhood and
want to learn more about this program or want to make a donation to help get us to the finish line, visit landmarksociety.org/parkave or contact Caitlin Meives at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Want to find out if you can access tax credits? Contact us to learn if your neighborhood is already listed or eligible to become a historic district.
Written by Caitlin Meives