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Board considers new law to protect historic properties

In an effort to be proactive, the Fayetteville Village Board wants to enact an historic preservation local law that would help protect and maintain historic districts in the village.

The law would not only allow the village to look at structural defects but also protect the historical value and character. The only difference, according to Craig Polhamus of the Historic Preservation Commission (HPC), is that the law would give the HPC the authority to initiate the action if there is a violation.

Julian Adams, program coordinator for Certified Local Government (CLG) spoke at the Jan. 12 meeting to discuss the benefits of applying. Adams works for the New York State Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation in Albany. The CLG strengthens local preservation by assisting communities in developing an action plan that supports its preservation goals.

"Basically it's to save the historic properties from disappearing altogether," Adams said, noting the construction of potential strip malls and other buildings that wouldn't fit the neighborhood character.

For the full story, check out the Jan. 14 issue of the Eagle Bulletin.

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