Update from Orleans County: Clarendon Stone Store

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.

Rendering courtesy of Bryant Design Studios

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.

To learn more about the property, please view our online listing or contact Caitlin Meives to schedule a showing.

Progress Report: Clarendon Stone Store

As you may have read in a previous post, we have been partnering with local advocates in the Town of Clarendon to bring new life to the former Stone Store, a rare Medina sandstone, Federal style, vernacular commercial building. Since our last update in November, Bero Architecture has completed a site visit report. This type of report prioritizes recommended repairs and will be a useful tool as the Town, the Old Stone Store Preservation Committee (OSSPC), and The Landmark Society begin marketing the property. (Click here to read the full report, a 13MB PDF).

Prompted by information provided in the report, members of the OSSPC have already taken the initiative to repair broken and cracked purlins in the attic. Town Code Enforcement Officer (and Town Historian), Melissa Ierlan, has also been busily working–coordinating discussions with the NYS Department of Transportation regarding the front porch, which sits extremely close to the road; and recruiting a surveyor to donate his time to re-survey the property.

Once the survey is complete, Landmark Society staff and the OSSPC will be going before the Town Board in January to discuss marketing and potential new uses for the property.

OSSPC chair, Erin Anheier has guided and overseen all of these efforts while also preparing a nomination to the National Register of Historic Places. The Stone Store’s nomination is scheduled to go before the NYS Board for Historic Preservation in March 2012.

More updates to come in the New Year!

Clarendon Stone Store

The Landmark Society is working with a dedicated group of local citizens in the Town of Clarendon (Orleans County), to save the former Stone Store in the small hamlet of Clarendon. This unique Medina sandstone commercial building was constructed in 1836 and served as a general store and social gathering spot in the hamlet for almost 140 years before closing in 1975. The building was subsequently divided into apartment units. It has sat vacant since 2007 and is now owned by the Town. After considering demolition, on July 19, 2011 the Town Board granted The Landmark Society and the Old Stone Store Preservation Committee (OSSPC) one year to find a new owner who will rehabilitate this rare Federal style commercial building and bring it back on the tax rolls.

Together Landmark Society staff and members of the OSSPC have begun the process of getting the Stone Store listed in the National Register of Historic Places. This honorary designation will allow future owners to take advantage of the Federal Historic Rehabilitation Tax Credit program as well as the New York State Commercial Tax Credit program. This will mean that a future owner can potentially take advantage of tax credits worth up to 40% of qualified rehabilitation costs. (The NY State Historic Preservation Office administers these tax credit programs—visit their website to learn more).

With a $500 donation from The Landmark Society to kickstart the project, the OSSPC raised sufficient funds from generous local donors to hire Bero Architecture PLLC of Rochester to conduct a site visit and prepare a brief report describing the condition of the building, suggested remedial work, potential restoration work and priorities. The report, prepared by John Bero, will be vital to the marketing of the property as it will give prospective buyers an objective evaluation of the current condition of the building and potential costs for rehabilitation.

Donors who have helped fund this service include: local businessman, Joe Sidonio; the Clarendon Historical Society; Clarendon-born Dr. Daniel Schiavone, who practices dentistry in Holley; and Mr.  & Mrs. Gerald Ward, formerly of Clarendon.  The Clarendon Fire Department has also assisted by pumping out the basement prior to Bero’s inspection and by providing use of the ladder truck to allow inspection of the roof. A most heartfelt Thank You goes out to everyone who has helped so far by donations of cash, time and expertise.

Stay tuned to our website and Facebook page for updates on the Clarendon Stone Store!