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Home > Leadership > Mayor > Archived Press Releases > 2010 Archives > March 2010 > Black Rock Neighborhood Revitalization Effort

Black Rock Neighborhood Revitalization Effort

Contact: Peter K. Cutler

Survey Will be Conducted to Identify Residential and Commercial Properties Eligible for State Historic Tax Credits

Black Rock Historic Resource Survey Area

Mayor Byron W. Brown and North District Councilmember Joseph Golombek today announced an important planning initiative in the Black Rock neighborhood. Along with representatives of local community organizations, Mayor Brown and Councilmember Golombek outlined an Historic Resources Survey of the Black Rock Neighborhood.

“Our city has so many historic and unique neighborhoods and the Black Rock section of Buffalo has a long and illustrious history that is directly tied to the City of Buffalo’s early growth and prosperity,” said Mayor Brown. “Working collaboratively, we will launch a comprehensive Historic Resources Survey of the Black Rock Neighborhood, which will promote neighborhood revitalization and Black Rock's unique historic character.”
This important planning tool will identify historic properties that could be eligible for the new state historic homeowners and commercial property tax credits that are available when their owners rehabilitate them.

The state historic tax credit that Governor Paterson signed into law with the Mayor in Buffalo this past July took effect January 1st. The law allows the owner of a certified historic structure who undertakes a certified historic rehabilitation to take an income tax credit of 20% of the qualified expenditures, a credit of up to $50,000 for a primary residence, up to $5 million for a commercial property. The law sunsets in 5 years; there is also a 20% federal credit for commercial buildings.

“Our joint effort will give property owners in the Black Rock neighborhood the resources they need to invest in their properties and support the strong character of this community,” said Councilmember Golombek. “I look forward to working with the Mayor, our residents and Clinton Brown Company Architecture to move this very worthy effort forward.”

Clinton Brown Company Architecture (CBCA) will assist in the implementation of the project.  CBCA staff members will visit Black Rock neighborhoods in the coming months to take exterior photographs and document the historic buildings in the neighborhood.  All photos will be taken from the street and entry onto any private property will not be required.

Survey specialists will record information about selected buildings more than 50 years old that have architectural and historical significance. The surveyors will observe and take a photograph of your property from the street. They will not enter your property. Some properties will be eligible to be officially historic and some will not, due to age, alterations or deterioration.

Experts will compile this information in a Multiple Properties Documentation Form. This is the first step in the official process that can lead to federal and state income tax credits for owners who choose to list and rehabilitate their buildings. It will be among the first such historic areas in New York State.

There is no downside to the survey and National Register listing. Owners must consent to official designation. This process does not create a local historic district. That is a separate public process through the Common Council.