Wayne County Nonprofit Receives Funding
New York State Council on the Arts and Preservation League of New York State announce Preserve New York Grant
ALBANY, NY (09/14/2016)(readMedia)-- The New York State Council on the Arts together with the Preservation League of New York State will award $9,500 to the Town of Lyons to support a nomination to the State and National Registers of Historic Places for downtown Lyons. The Preserve New York grant will be presented on Thursday, September 15 at 9:00 a.m. at the Lyons Main Street Office at 70 William Street in Lyons.
The Town of Lyons, which recently absorbed the Village of Lyons, contains an impressive mix of intact historic structures associated with the Erie Canal. Downtown Lyons, which is concentrated immediately north of the Erie Canal/Barge Canal boasts a large number of Second Empire-style buildings as well as others featuring Art Deco and Art Moderne elements.
Bero Architecture PLLC of Rochester will complete the National Register nomination. Lyons is located within a qualifying census tract for historic rehabilitation tax credits, which will provide incentives to revitalize older residential and commercial buildings.
Preserve New York is a signature grant program of the New York State Council on the Arts (NYSCA) and the Preservation League of New York State, and is made possible with the support of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo and the New York State Legislature. "With the announcement of the 2016 awards, the total support provided by Preserve New York since its launch in 1993 is over $2.2 million to 346 projects statewide," said Jay DiLorenzo, President of the Preservation League. "Preserve New York has a strong track record of bolstering local preservation efforts and delivering a strong return on investment."
"Downtown Lyons is an excellent example of the progression of the Erie Canal from Clinton's Ditch to the current Erie Canal and Erie Canalway Trail," said Philip Dodson, President of the Lyons Main Street Program. "The Town of Lyons and Lyons Main Street Program are proud to have this honor from the New York State Council of the Arts and the Preservation League of New York State. It will greatly assist our efforts to create a State and National Registers of Historic Places nomination."
"I congratulate the Town of Lyons on its receipt of funding to preserve the history of downtown Lyons," said U.S. Rep. John Katko (NY-24). "The Erie Canal is a crucial part of the history of both downtown Lyons and the surrounding areas in Wayne County. This funding is a critical step forward in the Town's efforts to become listed on the National Register of Historic Places, and I commend all who have been involved in this process for their great work."
"At its August, 2016 meeting, the Preserve New York panel selected 26 applicants in 18 counties around the state to share $202,000 in funding," said Erin Tobin, the League's Director of Preservation. "As always, the competition for these funds was intense. We are delighted to help advance the preservation efforts of the Town of Lyons with timely funding from Preserve New York."
Organizations and municipalities receiving grants in 2016 are: Albany County: Underground Railroad History Project of the Capital Region, Inc., Albany - $4,000; Bronx County: Woodlawn Conservancy, Bronx - $6,000; Erie County (5): Buffalo Niagara Medical Campus, Buffalo - $7,000; Preservation Buffalo Niagara, Buffalo - $7,000; Roycroft Campus Corporation, East Aurora - $12,000; Village of Hamburg - $5,000; Village of Springville - $7,000; Franklin County (2): Historic Saranac Lake, Saranac Lake - $2,000; Village of Saranac Lake - $8,500; Hamilton County: Adirondack Historical Association/Adirondack Museum, Blue Mountain Lake - $9,000; Madison County (2): Oneida Community Mansion House, Oneida - $8,000; Stone Quarry Hill Art Park, Inc., Cazenovia - $7,000; Monroe County (2): Greece Historical Society, Greece - $13,000; David Hochstein Memorial Music School, Inc., Rochester - $10,000; Montgomery County (2): Village of Fultonville - $4,500; Village of St. Johnsville - $9,000; New York County: CIVITAS Citizens, Inc., Manhattan - $10,000; Ontario County: Ontario County Historical Society, Canandaigua - $9,000; Orange County: Village of Warwick - $9,000; Rensselaer County: Village of Valley Falls - $5,500; Schenectady County: Vale Cemetery Preservation, Inc., Schenectady - $10,000; Suffolk County: Sylvester Manor Educational Farm, Shelter Island - $9,000; Tioga County: Village of Owego - $5,000; Washington County: Hubbard Hall Center for the Arts & Education, Inc., Cambridge - $12,000; Wayne County: Town of Lyons - $9,500; Westchester County: Village of Tarrytown - $4,000.
For more information on the Preserve New York grant program, please call 518-462-5658 x 10 or visit the League's website at www.preservenys.org.
Erin Tobin, Director of Preservation