PSA: Village Homeowners! It seems are still concerns circulating about the recent Historic Resources Survey. The bottom line is: If a village Historic District is drawn, there will be *NO additional restrictions* on homeowners! Only current zoning and code laws will apply. For details, read on (full-length article in the Nov. 2019 issue of the APHS Newsletter):
Last fall, you might recall the announcement that the Village of Avon was the recipient of a $10,000 grant funded by the Preservation League of New York. As a refresher, this grant was being utilized to hire Tyler of the The Landmark Society of Western New York, Inc. to conduct a survey of historic structures in the Village of Avon.
The Sept. 19th presentation given by Tyler and Caitlin, both of the Landmark Society, was a helpful and informative overview of the project, what the report means, and next steps for the Avon community.
The report they discussed encompasses a solid portion of Avon’s downtown area along Main Street, Rochester Street, Genesee Street, and adjacent areas, and told a story of Avon as a crossroads back to the time of Seneca occupation. The existing structural heritage of Avon, especially the heart of the Village, tells a compelling and important tale of industry and manufacturing, especially of agricultural products. The hotels, boarding houses, and residences that stemmed from that boom still stand along our streets.
The area of downtown Avon that hosts the greatest concentration of this structural heritage has been deemed eligible for a National Register Historic District designation, should the community choose to pursue it. If established, this would mean several positive things for residents within the proposed boundaries:
1) Owners of eligible homes or commercial or public structures would be able to access tax credits of 20% of the cost of eligible improvement projects on their buildings.
2) There is *no obligation* to utilize the tax credits and there are *no restrictions* for property owners who do not choose to work with the state to obtain credits. There are, however, some requirements in order to access the credits.
3) Individual National Register listings of properties can be time-consuming and standards are much higher; when Historic Districts are designated, all eligible homes within the boundaries are automatically included. That means no work for residents, and access to those tax credits!
The link to the full report by the Landmark Society can be found on the Avon Village website at www.avon-ny.org/index_village.html
Questions about community next steps can be directed to Preservation Planner Caitlin Meives ([email protected]; 585-546-7029 x27); questions about report content can be directed to Preservation Projects Facilitator Tyler Lucero ([email protected]; 585-546-7029 x23).
The Official Website of the Village of Avon, New York