The Landmark Society of Western New York is helping the Park Avenue Neighborhood of Rochester achieve the steps necessary to become a district listed in the National Register of Historic Places.
The listing would make homeowners of over 1,500 properties eligible for a tax credit equal to 20 percent of qualified home repairs and upgrades. Qualifying costs include, but are not limited to, interior and exterior paint, porch repair, roofs, electric, floor refinishing, new kitchens and baths, and exterior carpentry.
The Landmark Society is working with the Park Avenue Historic District Project ad-hoc committee, which consists of representatives from the ABC Streets, Barrington Street and Park Meigs neighborhood associations, and the Park Avenue Revitalization Committee.
“To date, we have raised most of the funds required to hire the consultant team to begin the paperwork,” said Caitlin Meives, Landmark Society preservation planner.
The Landmark Society selected Clinton Brown Company Architecture to prepare the nomination. It will be Rochester’s largest historic district.
Grant funding has come through the Rochester Area Community Foundation and the Preservation League of New York State’s Preserve New York grant program. Funds were raised through private donations, events and Park Avenue merchandise, but more is needed to complete the process.
“Becoming a National Register historic district is long overdue for this neighborhood,” Meives said. “Even though it’s a large undertaking, it will be a boon to the neighborhood and the city, and help homeowners make repairs to their homes in one of the most intact historic neighborhoods in the city.
“Across the state and the country, tax credit programs have proven to be a catalyst for economic revitalization and neighborhood stabilization. The programs encourage investment, provide local jobs, keep buildings on the tax rolls, and preserve the character of historic neighborhoods that makes them attractive to residents and investment.”
The Landmark Society and its Young Urban Preservationists group will host a walking tour of the neighborhood at 5:15 p.m. on Dec. 20. Tickets cost $25. Visit landmarksociety.org/parkave for information.