Centerway Commerce Building

Project Notes

Project Services

  • Client: First Baptist Church of Newfane
  • Contact: Paul Higgins, Building Committee
  • SHPO Contact: Noelle Kardos, Regional Grant Officer, Christine Capella-Peters, Outreach Unit

Project Details

  • Client: First Baptist Church of Newfane
  • Contact: Paul Higgins, Building Committee
  • SHPO Contact: Noelle Kardos, Regional Grant Officer, Christine Capella-Peters, Outreach Unit

Key Personnel

  • Client: First Baptist Church of Newfane
  • Contact: Paul Higgins, Building Committee
  • SHPO Contact: Noelle Kardos, Regional Grant Officer, Christine Capella-Peters, Outreach Unit

Comprehensive Rehabilitation Project in Downtown Corning

One of Market Street’s most recognizable buildings, the Renaissance Revival style Drake Building was constructed in 1894 as a commercial building for owner James A Drake. It later became the long-time home of the First National bank, a function it still fulfills today. Working with owner George Welch, Clinton Brown Company Architecture prepared the tax credit application for the building, and is also serving as architect on the rehabilitation project. 

CBCA provided architectural services and prepared the Historic Preservation Tax Credit Application to assist Centerway Commerce Building, LLC in the rehabilitation of the former Drake Building.  This project was funded in part by grants through Restore NY and NY Main Street Programs.  Located in the National Register-listed Market Street Historic District in Corning, NY, the rehabilitated office building will be the new home to the offices of Welch & Zink.

CBCA worked closely with the NY SHPO office during design development to enable the Owner to access Historic Tax Credits.

The rehabilitation of this notable Corning landmark supports the economic growth of the community, by creating jobs, promoting redevelopment of the city, and utilizing the resources available in the built environment.

CBCA worked directly with the rehabilitation contractors for consistency with the Secretary of the Interior’s Standards for Rehabilitation and for eligibility for the tax credit and coordinated Buffalo Preservation Board approval of the work.

The exterior rehabilitation included restoration of the entrance vestibule, repairs to outside balconies, appropriate window replacement, masonry repairs, and exterior painting. Interior work that was also eligible for the tax credit included kitchen and bathroom improvements, painting and flooring.

There are over 3500 certified historic residences and condominiums in Buffalo Niagara that may be eligible to apply for the NY State Rehabilitation Tax Credit. Contact us today!

Centerway Commerce Building