The Landmark Society continues to partner with the Town of Clarendon and local preservation advocates on the Old Stone Store Preservation Committee (OSSPC) to market the Stone Store for sale and redevelopment. In case you’ve missed earlier updates about the Stone Store–the Town is offering it for sale for $1. Interested buyers are asked to submit a proposal to the Town, outlining a redevelopment plan. The Town Board will review all of the proposals and sell the property to the buyer who presents the best and most realistic plan for redevelopment.
Since we last updated you in December, we’ve made great progress. The Stone Store achieved official approval from the National Park Service for listing in the National Register of Historic Places, an honorary designation that allows future owners to qualify for rehab tax credits. Local advocates, Melissa Ierlan and Erin Anheier, have worked with a local company, Bryant Design Studios, to produce a digital rendering that illustrates how a rehabilitated Stone Store could look. Melissa has also recruited the pro-bono services of a surveyor to resurvey the property on which the Stone Store sits.
And, in the most recent news, on July 17 the Town Board voted 3-1 to grant The Landmark Society and the OSSPC a six month extension to continue to market the property and solicit proposals for redevelopment. As Town Supervisor, Richard Moy, explained during the public meeting discussion, “When a building comes down, it comes off the tax rolls. Who makes up for that? You and me.” We couldn’t have said it better.
Thanks to the dedication of Clarendon’s citizens and the Town leadership, this irreplaceable historic building still has a chance to be brought back onto the tax rolls. And hopefully it is well on its way to a new owner and a new life.