Free workshop in Owego for owners of historic properties

Preservation League offers tips on benefits of historic preservation, window repair

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ALBANY, NY (06/29/2018) (readMedia)-- Southern Tier homeowners, commercial property owners, realtors, contractors, and community leaders are invited to attend a workshop to find out how preservation plays a key role in economic development, community revitalization and smart, sustainable growth.

The Preservation League of New York State and Preserve Owego will present a free workshop on Saturday, July 14 from 10:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. at the Tioga County Historical Society, 110 Front Street, Owego. The workshop is co-sponsored by the Village of Owego, Preservation Association of the Southern Tier, and Owego Historic Property Owners Association with refreshments provided by Carol's Coffee.

The workshop will discuss the benefits of historic preservation with a focus on community revitalization through use of historic preservation incentives. The Preservation League will provide information on using Historic Tax Credits to make repairs to properties, with a special focus on repairing, restoring and preserving original windows in historic buildings.

Alphonse Pieper, former executive director of Historic Ithaca and owner of Building Preservation Works LLC of Homer, NY will conduct a walking tour of the Owego Central Historic District, which was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1980.

"New York leads the country in Historic Tax Credit-related investment," said Jay DiLorenzo, president of the Preservation League of New York State. "Since they were established in 2007, the New York State Historic Tax Credits have proven to be a cost-effective economic development and historic preservation incentive, and have served as a national model for state historic tax credits. We're delighted to have been invited to Tioga County to discuss programs that can help address the problem of vacant or underutilized historic buildings, and help property owners make repairs to protect their investments for years to come."

This workshop is free and open to the public and refreshments will be served. Reservations are required as seating is limited. Please RSVP on the League's website, or contact Janna Rudler at 607-296-0329 or for more information.