Preservation Issues

Conservancy Staff Participates in Borough President’s Outreach

Hamilton Heights/Sugar Hill
December 2018

Landmark and historic district designation can trigger financial incentives for building owners. The Conservancy was pleased to join with Manhattan Borough President Gale Brewer (center in photo), the West Harlem Community Preservation Organization and the Landmarks Preservation Commission (LPC) at a December 20th presentation on those financial benefits.

The program, held at City College’s Bernard and Anne Spitzer School of Architecture, was focused on property owners in the Hamilton Heights/Sugar Hill Historic District and Extensions. Some 25 building owners representing individuals, housing development fund corporations, block associations and religious institutions came out to hear Jim Mahoney and Blaire Walsh talk about the Conservancy’s Historic Properties Fund, which provides low-interest loans for exterior restoration work, and the New York State Historic Homeowner Tax Credit. LPC staff discussed the Commission’s grant programs, going in-depth on eligibility requirements.

Gale Brewer made comments on the benefits of preservation and the New York State Environmental Protection Fund, which offers grants to non-profits. Afterwards there was a question and answer period where the audience asked specific questions regarding the various programs. Similar panels are being planned now for other parts of the City.