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City of Elmira Unveils Historic Preservation Brochure to Assist Citizens, Property Owners

What every Elmira citizen or property owner wants and needs to know about historic preservation is now summarized in a helpful brochure available free from the City of Elmira.

The Historic Preservation in the City of Elmira brochure outlines the goals of historic preservation programs, the role of the Historic Preservation Commission, the location of historic districts, the historic review process and what types of projects are and are not required to be reviewed. The brochure provides a link to more information about federal and state tax credit programs and summarizes what it means for the City of Elmira to be designated as a Certified Local Government (CLG).

The New York State Historic Preservation Plan states that "historic preservation will be a significant catalyst for, and contributor to, New York State's economic recovery, environmental sustainability, and smart growth efforts."

"Preservation also helps to preserve a community's sense of character and history," said Mayor John Tonello. "As a recently-designated Certified Local Government, we are committed to promoting historic preservation and assisting property owners with the benefits and challenges of working with historic buildings."

"As members of the City's Historic Preservation Commission, we felt it was part of our mission to educate our citizens and those wishing to invest in the City of Elmira about the value of historic preservation and the historic review process," said the Chair of the Historic Preservation Commission, Carl Vallely. "We are confident that this brochure will be a useful tool."

Brochures are available at various locations, including the City’s Division of Inspection Services, City Clerk’s Office, Department of Community Development, and the Near Westside Neighborhood Association offices.

This publication was financed in part with federal funds from the National Park Service, Department of Interior under the Certified Local Government (CLG) program administered by the New York State Office of Parks, Recreation, and Historic Preservation.

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