Kathy Welsh

Kathy Welsh

LIBERTY – Commercial property owners, real estate agents, contractors, and community leaders are invited to attend a meeting to find out how to save money while making repairs to older buildings.

The Preservation League of New York State and the New York State Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation will present a free workshop in Sullivan County to help people take advantage of New York’s Historic Rehabilitation Tax Credits.

Help is Available for Owners of Older BuildingsThe workshop will be held Thursday, Jan 18 from 3-5 p.m. at the United Methodist Church, 170 North Main Street, Liberty. During the workshop, staff from the State Historic Preservation Office will review the basic guidelines of the program and answer questions on the application process.

The workshop is presented by the Preservation League of New York State, the New York State Office of Parks, Recreation, and Historic Preservation, and Dadras Architects. Speakers include Frances Gubler, the League’s Manager of Technical and Grant Programs; Julian Adams, Tax Credit Director, New York State Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation; and Robert Dadras, Architect, Dadras Architects. Additional support is provided by the Sullivan County Division of Planning & Community Development, Town of Liberty, Sullivan Renaissance and New York State Senator John. J. Bonacic.

“The federal and New York State Historic Tax Credit programs have emerged as signature economic development tools for the revitalization of vacant and underutilized historic buildings throughout the state,” said Daniel Mackay, Deputy Commissioner of the NYS Division for Historic Preservation. “New York is now the national leader in the use of the credits, posting investments in the billions, with more than half of that coming from upstate. We are so pleased to administer this program that has played a significant role in the recent revitalization of many of our state’s historic downtowns and Main Streets.”

The NYS Historic Commercial Properties Tax Credit will cover up to 20% of qualified rehabilitation costs up to a credit value of $5 million. The 20% Federal Historic Preservation Commercial Tax Credit can be combined with the NYS Historic Commercial Tax Credit to cover 40% of qualified rehabilitation expenditures.  

“This is the perfect time to finally fix that leaking roof or replace an inefficient furnace,” said Jay DiLorenzo, president of the Preservation League of New York State. “This tax credit can help commercial property owners protect their investment for years to come.”

This program requires that the building be individually listed in the State or National Register of Historic Places, or a contributing building in a listed historic district. To find out if a property is eligible, please visit http://nysparks.com/shpo/tax-credit-programs or contact the New York State Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation at 518-237-8643. Eligibility information will also be available at the workshop.

“Local businesspeople should not miss this important and useful workshop,” urged District 9 Legislator Alan Sorensen, who chairs the Sullivan County Legislature’s Planning Committee. “This is a way to both preserve our valuable history and help a business thrive. And that makes our communities more attractive to residents and visitors.”

To make a reservation for the workshop, visit the League’s website at www.preservenys.org or contact Frances Gubler at 518-462-5658 x10 or fgubler@preservenys.org.

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