Jan. 5, 2013 by The Star Gazette Staff on stargazette.com
There’s still time to submit nominations for the Historic Elmira Inc.’s fifth annual awards for sensitive restoration and preservation projects within the Elmira area.
Nominations for two categories, the Project Award and the Advocate Award, are being accepted through Feb. 8.
“Our purpose is to bring attention to the people who live right among us who do so much for historic preservation,” said Kaye Newbury, president of Historic Elmira.
“Historic preservation takes on greater significance each year that passes, as 19th and early 20th century buildings and sites are subject to age, neglect and sometimes, demolition.”
The awards program is also an opportunity to highlight historic preservation tax credits that are still available at the state and national level to people who are willing to pursue them, she said.
“Our purpose certainly has a lot to do with making sure that people understand the value of preservation as an economic matter,” Newbury said. “But we’re also very happy to be supporting it as a matter of community aesthetics.”
The Project Award recognizes any historic preservation, restoration, rehabilitation or adaptive reuse project in the Elmira area contributing to the appearance, character and value of local neighborhoods and the community.
The Advocate Award celebrates government officials, community leaders, local business owners, journalists and citizens who value and demonstrate their advocacy for Elmira’s historic architectural heritage through active involvement in the community.
The nomination form can be found online under “Upcoming events” at www.historicelmira.org. It can be submitted with supporting documentation to Newbury at P.O. Box 252, Elmira, NY 14902.
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