Village of Lancaster Mayor Paul Maute recently announced that the nomination process has begun for listing the Lancaster Downtown Historic District in the State and National Registers of Historic Places by the Village Historic Preservation Commission.
“Nominating and listing this local historic district in the state and national registers will bring recognition statewide and across our nation of the unique historic character of downtown Lancaster,” said Maute. “There is no downside to National Register designation.”
Village Historic Preservation Commission Chairman Michael Meyer added, “For many years, the commission has assisted downtown property owners in taking good care of their buildings, which has maintained the quality of downtown’s architectural character. With National Register listing, these owners will be able to access historic tax credits not available with only local designation.”
Financial incentives in the form of income tax credits are available for owners of historic properties who choose to request them for rehabilitating their historic buildings appropriately. National Register Historic District designation also enhances property values over time.
Experts from consultant Clinton Brown Company Architecture of Buffalo will work with representatives of the state Historic Preservation Office in Albany in preparing the nomination. They will observe from the street and research and document each property eligible for inclusion in the Historic District. Village Historian Edward Mikula will assist the effort.
Approximately 21, mainly commercial properties will be included in the Historic District as they meet National Park Service criteria of age, architectural quality and integrity of appearance, and represent the growth and development of the village over time.
The Historic Preservation Commission will communicate with each property owner during March and will host a community meeting that is planned for April. The Historic District is expected to be listed in the National Register of Historic Places this year.
This article was originally published by The Lancaster Bee on March 13, 2014. Link ⇒