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Schumer Urges Park Service to List Main Street on National Register
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Schumer Urges Park Service to List Main Street on National Register

A Statement Released by U.S. Senator Charles E. Schumer' Office

HAMBURG, NY - Today, U.S. Senator Charles E. Schumer urged the National Park Service (NPS) to designate the Village of Hamburg’s Main Street as a historic district, paving the way for federal tax breaks necessary for the continued historic preservation of this beautiful shopping district. Schumer is joining Village and Town officials in his push to get the Village of Hamburg listed in the National Register of Historic Places (NRHP). The Village first nominated the block of Main Street between Buffalo and Lake Street in June of 2012, and in October, the Village announced that its Main Street district was listed in the New York State Register of Historic Places. This area includes a diverse array of well-preserved buildings, from commercial district buildings, which range from 150 to 50 years old and are closer to Buffalo Street, to the Village’s beautiful and grand homes located on the Lake Street end of the district.

“The National Park Service should swiftly place the Village of Hamburg’s Main Street district on the National Register, which would pave the way for increased federal tax credits and grant funding and would be a major boost for preservation and tourism efforts in the Village,” said Schumer. “From the historic buildings near Buffalo Street to the beautiful homes on Lake Street, this district fits the federal criteria for historic designation and I will work with local stakeholders to bring this honor to Erie County. Of the 80,000 properties and districts currently listed on the National Register, Hamburg’s Main Street would shine through as a local gem that is primed to become a national attraction.”

“Now that we have earned a spot on the New York State Register of Historic Places, it is only fitting that we also work together to be added to the National Register of Historic Places. Our Village residents and businesses have come together to advance this effort and we are pleased to add Senator Schumer’s voice to the chorus of local residents pushing for this honor” said Damon Ayer, chairman of the Village Historic Preservation Committee.

"We have been tirelessly working to improve and enhance the Village of Hamburg. It has been a team effort and we have proven that by working together and building on our existing strengths we can make great strides for our community. We are proud to have Senator Schumer's support in our effort to be added to the National Register of Historic Places," said Laura Palisano Hackathorn, Hamburg Village Trustee.

Once  included in the National Register of Historic Places there would be a variety of benefits to historic properties on the village’s Main Street. First, according to the National Park Service, NRHP’s get consideration in planning for Federal, Federally licensed and Federally assisted projects. This designation provides the Advisory Council on Historic Preservation a chance to weigh-in on all projects that impact a property, like Main Street. Second, those sites in the National Register are eligible for certain tax provisions, including a 20% investment tax credit for the certified rehabilitation of income-producing certified historic structures, such as commercial, industrial or rental residential buildings. This credit can be combined with a straight-line depreciation period of 27.5 years for residential properties and 31.5 years for non-residential. Also, federal tax deductions are available for charitable contributions for conservation purposes in historically important structures. Third, the designation is considered in decisions to issue mining permits nearby. Finally, an NRHP allows properties to qualify for federal grants for historic preservation.

Schumer noted in his letter to NPS Director Jonathan Jarvis that Hamburg’s Main Street district would be the first NRHP in the Village of Hamburg, and the first in the Town of Hamburg since 1979. There are more than 5,400 properties and districts listed on the National Register of Historic Places in New York State. While 165 of these properties and districts are in Erie County, very few of them are within the Town of Hamburg. With this new designation the Village of Hamburg will join other excellent historic attractions throughout Western New York.  

The NRHP is the United States federal government's official list of districts, sites, buildings, structures, and objects that are designated for preservation. A property listed in the National Register, or located within a National Register Historic District, may qualify for tax incentives that allow caretakers to preserve and rehabilitate properties on the National Register.

The National Historic Preservation Act (NHPA) of 1966 established the National Register and the criteria for adding properties to the Register. There are over 80,000 individual listings currently on the National Register, which is administered by the NPS, an agency within the United States Department of the Interior. NPS seeks to to assist property owners and interest groups, such as the National Trust for Historic Preservation, coordinate, identify, and protect historic sites in the United States.

A copy of Senator Schumer’s letter appears below:


Dear Director Jarvis:

I write to urge the National Park Service to quickly move to approve the Village of Hamburg's application to place Hamburg’s Main Street on the National Register of Historic Places (NRHP). This unique district has already been listed on the New York State Register of Historic places due to Main Street's cultural significance and now its is time that this historical treasure earns it place on the National Register of Historic Places.

The Village announced in October of 2012 that the block of Main Street between Buffalo and Lake Street was listed in the New York State Register of Historic Places. The area includes a diverse array of well-preserved buildings, from commercial district buildings, which range from 150 to 50 years old to the Village’s beautiful and grand homes located on Lake Street. There are more than 5,400 properties and districts listed on the National Register of Historic Places in New York State. While 165 of these properties and districts are in Erie County, the only the Kleis Site is listed in the Town of Hamburg. A Kleis Site is an historic archeological site that contains the remnants of a 17th century Iroquoian village and burial ground, and is one of a small number of Native American villages on the Niagara Frontier.

The designation on the National Register of Historic Places would boost the Village of Hamburg’s preservation efforts by paving the way for federal tax credits and grant funding. This would be a major step forward in protecting cultural treasures in Erie County and across the State of New York.

Again, I urge the National Park Service to swiftly approve the Village of Hamburg's application. Listing Hamburg's Main Street on the National Register of Historic Places will provide the resources to protect one of New York’s great cultural gems for generations to come.

Thank you for your attention to this request.

Sincerely,

U. S. Senator Charles E. Schumer

 

 

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