The Watkins Glen Village board heard an explanation of possible grant funds available from the Preservation League of New York State that could help finance a study of the feasibility of an historic district in the village.
The League, founded in 1974, has as a goal the preservation of historic buildings, districts and landscapes. Tania Werbizky of Ithaca, a League regional director of Technical and Grant Programs, outlined the procedures and benefits involved in securing an historic district, and tried to dispel some "misconceptions" about the limitations placed on building work within such a designated area.
Applicants must be a not-for-profit group with tax-exempt status or a unit of local government. Grants are likely to range between $3,000 and $15,000. The League this year, said Werbizky, will distribute a total of about $100,000 to roughly 16 applicants.
The village's application will be prepared by the Schuyler County Partnership for Economic Development, whose executive director, Kelsey Jones, was present at Monday's meeting. The vote to submit the application does not commit the village to any further action.
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