A virtual community information meeting hosted by the West Harlem Community Preservation Organization and Manhattan Community Board 9, is planned for Wednesday, June 29 at 6:00 pm to introduce a proposed State National Register Historic District for West Harlem. The district spans W 135th Street to W 155th Street, between the west side of Amsterdam Avenue to Riverside Drive.
Following the information meeting will be an official State sponsored public meeting on August 3 at 6:00 pm, also virtual, hosted by the State Historic Preservation Office. Property owners are encouraged to attend to comment on the proposed designation or ask questions.
The New York State Historic District designation and National Register of Historic Places listing while honorific and an acknowledgement of historic significant in history, architecture and culture, also create opportunities for economic development, advancement of heritage tourism and improvement and appreciation of historic resources. Additionally, designation benefits to eligible property owners, commercial and residential, include the state homeowners tax credits and the state and federal commercial historic rehabilitation tax credits. Non-profits within the district are also eligible for New York State historic preservation grants and other funding from private and public resources.
If there is majority community support for the designation, the application is sent to the New York State Board for Historic Preservation for review and official vote. If the board recommends the nomination, the New York State Historic Preservation Officer (Commissioner of the Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation) lists the property on the State Register and forwards it to the National Park Service for review and listing on the National Register.
Property and co-op owners in the footprint of the proposed district may join meeting with a click on the following link:
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Meeting ID: 836 8596 6796