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Posted on: January 26, 2022

Mckinley Parkway Area Property Owners May Soon Be Eligible For Historic Tax Credits

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Buffalo, NY – Mayor Byron W. Brown, in partnership with Councilmember Christopher Scanlon and the City of Buffalo Mayor’s Office of Strategic Planning, is pleased to announce two historic tax credit workshops for South Buffalo property owners, with the first one being held on Thursday, January 27th, and a second session planned for Wednesday, February 23rd. Both workshops will take place at The Buffalo Irish Center, located at 245 Abbott Road, from 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. A new National Register Historic District is being proposed for the McKinley Parkway area, potentially qualifying thousands of property owners in South Buffalo for historic tax credits.

“Our historic neighborhoods help preserve the unique legacy and character of our great and diverse city,” said Mayor Brown. “As residents make investments in our historic neighborhoods, we will work with our community to provide property owners access to every available incentive. In partnership with

Councilmember Scanlon, I highly encourage owners of residential and commercial properties in this area to attend these workshops to learn more about the proposed McKinley Parkway Historic District and how to take advantage of this historic tax credit program when making improvements to their homes and buildings.”

The proposed McKinley Parkway Historic District was identified through the South Buffalo Reconnaissance Level Historic Resource Survey, which was completed in two phases and made possible due to funding from Councilmember Scanlon’s office and the State Historic Preservation Office (SHPO).

“South Buffalo has a fascinating history which can be told in part by its unique structures,” said Councilmember Christopher Scanlon. “It was important to me to fund this Historic Reconnaissance Survey in order to bring potential historic tax credits to the hardworking men and women of South Buffalo who wish to improve their properties and help tell this story. I’m excited to see people take advantage of the credits while preserving our neighborhood.”

More information on the survey and proposed historic district can be found at https://www.buffalony.gov/343/Planning-and-Zoning. While these workshops are targeted for South Buffalo property owners, all who wish to participate are welcome to attend. Please email or call Heike Jacob, AICP, at hjacob@buffalony.gov or 716- 851-9647 with any questions or concerns.

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