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Lakewood To Receive $13,400 Preservation Grant

LAKEWOOD — The Village of Lakewood will be receiving a $13,400 grant from the Preservation League of New York State.

Mayor Randy Holcomb noted that the 2022 Preserve New York grant is intended for the Lakewood Village Hall.

“The grant will allow for the study of the structure,” he said.

According to the league’s website, preservenys.org, the hall was constructed in 1915 to serve as the first established location for the volunteer Lakewood Hose Company. Over the course of its more than 100 years of continuous operation, the building also functioned as a police station, history museum, community center, and Lakewood’s Village Court.

The village is planning for the building’s next generation of service. Clinton Brown Company Architecture, based in Buffalo, will prepare the Historic Structure Report. The Village will use this Report for planning and funding capital improvement that will retain its historic character and improve its function for Village staff and residents.

The league and their program partners at the New York State Council on the Arts (NYSCA) and the Robert David Lion Gardiner Foundation announced the recipients of their 2022 Preserve New York grants.

At its 2022 meeting, the website noted, an independent grant panel selected 22 applicants in 18 counties to receive support totaling $235,920. Each grant supports important arts and cultural initiatives, as well as economic development related to our state’s arts and cultural heritage. Many of these grants will lead to historic district designation or expansion, telling the stories of communities throughout the state and allowing property owners to take advantage of the New York State and Federal Historic Tax Credits.

This is even more valuable now, the website said, with the NYS Commercial Historic Tax Credit recently expanded for small projects, granting property owners a 30 percent credit. With the announcement of the 2022 awards, support provided by Preserve New York since its launch in 1993 totals more than $3.5 million to 510 projects statewide.

In other business the board was notified of a Neighborhood Watch Program being started in the village. Residents can contact Charles Lawickie at (757) 812-9003.

The board also heard a presentation on emergency medical services, from Wendy Mancuso, CEO MedEx Billing, Inc., based in LeRoy. The board tabled its vote on EMS billing. Instead the board unanimously voted to hold a special public meeting Aug. 15 at 6 p.m. in the village hall to vote on choosing a company for EMS billing.

The board also set a public hearing on Aug. 22 at 6:45 p.m. for a site plan review for Joseph Spino, Buffalo, to construct a car wash at 373 E. Fairmount Ave.

Trustees also passed a resolution to place a left-hand turn sign on Southwestern Drive across from the entrance to the plaza where Wegmans and Home Depot are located.

“This is just a sign, and it has nothing to do with the driveway or anything else,” Holcomb said.

The double yellow center line on Southwestern Drive also serves as the border line between the village and the town of Ellicott. The sign will be placed on the village side after the reconstruction of the entrance.

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