Owners who are having trouble maintaining their historic properties in Southampton Town are being urged by the town to apply for a 2018 Landmarks Maintenance Program Award.
This will be the fifth year of the program, managed by the Southampton Landmarks & Historic Districts Board. The deadline for applications is Friday, December 29, 2017.
“These precious landmarks are a significant part of Southampton’s rich heritage and identity. Through the Landmarks Maintenance Award Program, we can encourage the protection and preservation of important buildings that are owned by concerned people under financial constraints,” said Councilman John Bouvier.
The Award Program supports projects that contribute to the preservation and long-term sustainability of designated properties. Example projects may include exterior improvements; structural stabilization; window, door and shutter restoration; and the resolution of water-penetration issues.
“We have awarded a total of about $69,000 to owners over the last four years,” according to Stephanie O. Davis, Vice-Chair of the Landmarks & Historic Districts Board. “Awards were made to designated Town Landmarks in Water Mill, East Quogue, Shinnecock Hills and Hampton Bays that applied for a variety of exterior maintenance conditions.”
To be eligible for the award, an historic resource must already have been designated a Southampton Town landmark. Owner-applicants are also required to have Basic or Enhanced School Tax Relief (STAR) status. The work must be completed in a year and verified by a Landmarks & Historic Districts Board member.
“This provides another incentive to owners of undesignated historic resources to seek landmark designation. In addition to the maintenance award, local Town Landmarks are also eligible for a tax abatement program and a preservation easement acquisition,” said Ms. Davis.
Owners interested in finding out if their property is one of the 980 identified historic resources in a 2014 Town Survey that might qualify for Town Landmark status and benefits should check the link “Southampton Historic Resources Survey (AKRF, 2014).”
Ms. Davis said applications for a Southampton Town Landmark designation and for the Landmarks Maintenance Award can be found under “Applications & Forms” on the LHDB page of the Town’s website. Questions can be addressed to any of the Landmarks Board members listed on the Town website.