Weekly Feature

2014-02-26 / Front Page

Village’s historic preservation to advance

by ANNA WALTERS Reporter

Discussion at Monday’s Village Board meeting centered on the Village Historic Preservation Commission’s work to nominate landmarks.

The commission’s purpose is to grant historic designation to Williamsville landmarks. During the past few years, the commission has been cataloging historically significant properties in the village.

According to a prepared statement, the village used the services of Clinton Brown Company Architecture of Buffalo to complete an intensive level survey of 31 properties within the village.

The survey has helped to develop a working list of historic resources for investigation and designation of both historic districts and local landmarks.

“We want to hold onto our history,” Mayor Brian Kulpa said. “The good building stock of different eras, found in the village, are being acknowledged.”

A drafted list of 26 properties being put forth for nomination by the Village Historic Preservation Commission includes address numbers 5329, 5409, 5428, 5430, 5511, 5522, 5527, 5541, 5554, 5570, 5578, 5590, 5596, 5672, 5688, 5707, 5725, 5727, 5757, 5792, 5854 and 5893 Main Street; the Main Street Bridge; 20 Milton St.; 68 Eagle St.; and 78 E. Spring St.

The local landmark process is moving ahead as trustees aim to set two public hearings in April. The Village Board has to approve the properties before they are formally designated and will vote on the nominations following the public hearings, which will be held for the complete list of properties.

In other matters, the board:

• Approved a bond resolution, at a maximum cost of $500,000, authorizing a capital improvement project for the restoration of the Williamsville Water Mill and authorized the application of approximately $245,000 in grant funds expected from the NYS Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation. The project will involve mainly exterior improvements such as roof reconstruction, painting and foundation repairs.

• Set a March 24 deadline for receivable proposals for the reuse of the water mill.

The Williamsville Village Board will next meet at 7:30 p.m. Monday, March 10, at Village Hall, 5565 Main St., Williamsville.

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