The area in the Park Avenue neighborhood of the city of Rochester, outlined in brown in the map above (click image to see larger view), is potentially eligible for listing in the National Register of Historic Places as a historic district. This honorary program does not place any restrictions on private property owners. It does allow homeowners in the district to take advantage of the NYS Historic Homeowners Tax Credit program.
Learn more at an informational meeting on Thursday, March 23rd.
We’ll answer questions like:
- Who qualifies for the NYS Historic Homeowners Tax Credit program?
- What type of work qualifies for tax credits?
- How do I apply for tax credits?
- How do I make my home eligible?
- Does listing our neighborhood in a National Register Historic District create restrictions on what I can do to my home (Answer: No)
- What’s the difference between a National Register Historic District and a City Preservation District?
Interested? Please RSVP to Caitlin Meives at The Landmark Society. If you aren’t able to make this meeting, additional informational meetings will be scheduled.
Thursday, March 23 | 6:30 – 7:30 PM | Immanuel Baptist Church, 815 Park Ave. | RSVP to Caitlin Meives
In order for property owners to take advantage of the tax credit programs, extensive paperwork must be completed to list the Park Avenue neighborhood as an official historic district in the National Register of Historic Places. A National Register nomination requires extensive research, writing, and documentation. The Landmark Society generally recommends that district nominations be completed by professional preservation consultants, especially for an area of this size (about 1600 properties!).
Working with a committee of neighborhood representatives, we have solicited bids for completion of a NR nomination. Estimates have come in between approximately $45,000 and $50,000. We are currently working with neighborhood groups to apply to several grant programs to help fund the project. But we need your help too! Please see below.
Once funding is in place and a consultant has been hired by the neighborhood committee, the consultant will take roughly 6 months to 1 year to complete the paperwork.
YOU CAN HELP!
If you want to be able to access the Homeowners Tax Credit program sooner, help us raise the funds to get the paperwork completed! Although The Landmark Society and neighborhood groups are applying for grant funding, grants alone will not get the project done. We need the help of neighbors to fully fund this project.
We welcome tax-deductible donations of any amount below.
THANK YOU for your support!
QUESTIONS? Contact Caitlin Meives.