Recipients will receive between $15,000 and $35,000 for repairs and restorations, the Landmarks Preservation Commission will also be providing hands-on assistance with the project. On March 2, 2021, the Landmarks Preservation Commission announced five new grant awards through the Historic Preservation Grant Program. The Grant Program is set up to assist homeowners and non-profit organizations with building restoration.
The Historic Preservation Grant Program has awarded over $5.4 million since its establishment in 1977. The program has assisted hundreds of homeowners and non-profit organizations throughout the five boroughs. The grants are used for various kinds of restoration work including masonry, stoop repair, roof repair, door repairs, and more. Grants are awarded based on the number of applications received, available funding, income eligibility, financial need, building conditions, and the grant effectiveness. Grant recipients will also receive assistance with preparing contractor documents.
The Grant recipients for 2021 include three homeowners from historic districts and two non-profit organizations. The recipients will receive between $15,000 and $35,000 for various repairs and restorations. The recipients include:
– 273 Alexander Avenue, Bronx within the Mott Haven Historic District, receiving $15,000
– 841 Manida Street, Bronx within the Manida Street Historic District, receiving $35,000
– 386 Macon Street, Brooklyn within the Bedford Stuyvesant/Expanded Stuyvesant Heights Historic District, receiving $30,000
– Casa Belvedere, 79 Howard Avenue, Staten Island, receiving $35,000
– South Bushwick Reformed Church, 855 Bushwick Avenue, Brooklyn, receiving $30,000
Landmarks Preservation Commission Chair Sarah Carroll stated, “Property owners are critical to the success of preservation and LPC’s Historic Preservation Grant Program helps us support low to moderate-income homeowners and non-profit organizations in their preservation efforts and bring pride of place to these communities.”
Steven Toledo, 2021 grant recipient stated, “Without the support of LPC, we wouldn’t have been able restore our home to its original beauty. I was born and raised in the Bronx and it is so special to be able to bring back some of the original beauty that our borough was known for.”
Gina Biancardi, a 2021 non-profit grant recipient stated, “After a decade-long restoration, we are nearing the completion of restoring this significant landmark atop Grymes Hill, Staten Island with breathtaking views of NYC’s harbor and the Verrazano Bridge. It’s thanks to organizations like the LPC that significant sites, such as ours, can literally walk the halls of America’s early 1900s history.”
By: Patrick McNeill (Patrick is the CityLaw intern and a New York Law School student, Class of 2022.)