Watkins Glen Receives Preserve New York Grant

The Preservation League of New York State presented a $3,269 grant to the Village of Watkins Glen this past January.The grant will support the cost of completing a nomination to the State and National Registers of Historic Places for downtown Watkins Glen. The project, which will help to continue revitalization efforts in this Finger Lakes community, will result in some 30 to 40 late 19th- to early 20th-century buildings becoming eligible for New York State rehabilitation tax credit incentives for commercial and residential properties.The work will be completed by the firm of Johnson-Schmidt and Associates of Corning and is the first Preserve New York funded project in Schuyler County.The Preserve New York Grant Program is a partnership program of the Preservation League and the New York State Council on the Arts. Since 1993, Preserve New York has provided more than $1.5 million in direct support to 250 projects across the state, leveraging more than $20 million in additional project support and over $500,000 in donated labor, services and materials.“I believe that this will be a positive experience for the residents of Watkins Glen,” said Village Mayor Judith Phillips. “We have the chance to celebrate some of the important buildings of our past and give the owners of these buildings the possibility to pursue historic preservation funding to renovate and restore these properties. Assistance of this kind helps maintain the integrity of our core downtown area.”The pursuit of a Historic District is a joint venture between the Village of Watkins Glen, the Schuyler County Partnership for Economic Development (SCOPED), and the Schuyler County Historical Society. All three entities committed funding to the project.For more information on the Preserve New York Grant Program, please call 518-462-5658 or visit the League’s website at www.preservenys.org.

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