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January 30, 2014

High and Locust could become historic district

Lockport Union-Sun & Journal — The City of Lockport is attempting to have the High Street and Locust Street neighborhood listed on the National Register of Historic Places as a historic district.

Working with Clinton Brown Company Architecture, the city plans to submit the neighborhood’s nomination for listing by the spring to the state Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation. 

If High and Locust are listed on the registry, the owners of about 85 homes and other properties will be eligible for state tax credits, said Robert Hagen, chairman of the city’s Historic Preservation Commission. Those credits would go to owners who do preservation-minded repairs and renovations, covering about 20 percent of the qualified expenses.

“This nomination advances the work of the commission in protecting and enhancing Lockport’s historic resources and will put money back into the pockets of historic property owners who invest in their properties,” Hagen said.

In 2010 the city hired Clinton Brown Company Architecture to do a “reconnaissance” survey of one-third of the city, looking for properties that might be eligible for historic designation because they’re architecturally or culturally significant.

The survey said the historic district included properties on and north of High Street to Canal Street, west of Washburn Street to South Transit. The survey was completed in 2011.

“Listing in the National Register is a prestigious honor that will recognize the special architectural and historical character of this part of our city,” said Mayor Michael W. Tucker.

At a meeting Wednesday, Common Council members approved the city historic preservation committee’s request to try for another grant from the state Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation. The application will be sent by the Saturday deadline.

The grant would be for a total of $30,000, with the city covering $6,000 of it. The cash would be used to commission another survey and expanding the historic district, this time looking at properties in the northwest corner of the city.

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