University Heights-Summit Park-Berkshire Terrace Historic District
For the past three years, the University District Community Development Association (UDCDA) has been working with kta preservation specialists, a Buffalo-based preservation consulting firm, on a historic reconnaissance level survey of the University District thanks to a $10,000 Preserve New York grant from the Preservation League of New York State and New York State Council on the Arts.
The survey included a field study looking at the architecture and design of each neighborhood, in depth historic and archival research looking at the development of each neighborhood, and an analysis of the historic trends and themes that influenced the social, cultural, economic, political, and industrial growth of the area.
Through the survey process, kta has identified a potential historic district that would be eligible for listing on the National Register of Historic Places. The proposed University Heights-Summit Park-Berkshire Terrace Historic District includes more than 1,700 properties in the University District and is bounded by Main Street, Winspear Avenue, Bailey Avenue, and East Amherst Street. Kta associates and the UDCDA are now working with New York State Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation on formally nominating the district to the National and State Registers of Historic Places.
Once nominated and listed to the Register, homeowners within these neighborhoods would then be eligible for the New York State Historic Homeowner Tax Credit Program, which covers 20% of qualified rehabilitation costs, up to a credit value of $50,000. These tax credits are an important tool in ensuring stability in neighborhoods like those across University District, as both recent and longtime homeowners address the challenges associated with an aging housing stock. By making it more affordable to reinvest in these homes, the UDCDA hopes to encourage new generation of entrepreneurs and community advocates to locate and invest in University District.
For additional information about the benefits of owning a contributing property in a National Register historic district, visit: http://nysparks.com/shpo/tax-credit-programs/
Updates & Events
QUESTIONS? Please contact Darren Cotton, Director of Community Development & Planning at the UDCDA at firstname.lastname@example.org or 716-832-1010×212
- Presentation from kta Preservation Specialists to the University Heights Collaborative General Meeting (10/10/17)
Partners & Supporters
Many partners made this Preserve New York grant possible, including Preservation Buffalo Niagara, the University at Buffalo, and the New York State Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation. The survey builds on a preliminary context survey completed in 2016 by two Masters of Urban Planning students at UB’s School of Architecture and Planning, which came out of recommendations from the Preservation League of New York State and the State Historic Preservation Office. Guidance offered by Preservation Buffalo Niagara also helped link the UDCDA to funding opportunities offered through the Preservation League.
The Preserve New York Grant Program is a signature grant program of the New York State Council on the Arts (NYSCA) and the Preservation League of New York State. Preserve New York is made possible with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature.