Elmira Rehabilitation Projects Named Winners of Excellence in Historic Preservation Award

ELMIRA, NY (WETM) – Arbor’s Gerard Block, Gerity Pharmacy and Carroll Street Warehouse Rehabilitation Project in Downtown Elmira has been named one of the Excellence Award winners in historic preservation this year.

Arbor Development’s adaptive reuse of two historic commercial buildings and an industrial building into artist and affordable housing is a boon to the community of Elmira. The three three-story buildings at 118-126 Lake Street and 414-418 Carroll Street have grown from vacant to 28 residential units, five storefronts, eight artist studios and an art gallery.

“It has been an honor and a joy to be part of this exciting project and a uniquely rewarding experience to have such special and unusual historical elements to reincorporate into the space used for artists’ working studios, artists and affordable living space,” said Elise Johnson-Schmidt, Principal Architect/Owner of Johnson-Schmidt Architects, PC “The rebirth of Elmira, of which this project is an important part, is moving forward at full speed thanks to the people and to the organizations that have worked hard to seek competitive state and federal grant funds; to the craftsmen who have executed the work so beautifully; to the beautiful old buildings to be rediscovered; to the historic preservation tax credits that allow this work to be financially viable; and in this case, Arbor and his team who have dedicated four years to making this project a reality. Thank you to the Preservation League for your coveted reward! »

Since 1984, the Preservation League’s statewide awards program has highlighted projects, organizations, publications and individuals that exemplify best practices in historic preservation and recognize people who use historic preservation to build stronger neighborhoods, create local jobs, provide affordable housing, open our eyes to unsung history, and save places that are special to the community.

“The Gerard Block Apartments project exemplifies how the adaptive reuse of historic buildings can directly address the urgent needs of a community,” said Preservation League President Jay DiLorenzo. “The creation of affordable housing and artist living and working spaces in such prominent downtown buildings will have positive effects on Elmira for years to come. »

The Arbor Gerard Block and Carroll Street Warehouse Rehabilitation Project was funded in part by NYS Homes and Community Renewal, state and federal historic tax credits, DRI/City of Elmira, NY Restore and at IDA of Chemung County.

The Arbor Gerard Block and Carroll Street Warehouse Rehabilitation Project team included: Arbor Housing and Development, Developers and Landlords; Johnson-Schmidt, architect, PC, architects and historical curators; Hamilton Stern Construction, LLC, general contractor; Development Advisors MM, Development Consultant; Fagan, Jensen BRV and EC4B, engineers; Sustainable Comfort, Energy Consultant; Borrelli & Yots, lawyer; NYS Homes & Community Renewal, NYSERDA, City of Elmira and IDA of Chemung County, funders; Redstone Equity Partners and Five Star Bank, Financiers.

2021 winners:

  • Historic Clinton Avenue Apartments | Albany, Albany County
  • Proctors Collaborative: Capital Repertory Theater + Universal Preservation Hall | Albany, Albany County + Saratoga Springs, Saratoga County
  • SUNY Broome Culinary and Events Center | Binghamton, Broome County
  • Arbor Gerard Block and Carroll Street Warehouse Rehabilitation Project | Elmira, Chemung County
  • Steven Engelhart | Keeseville, Clinton County
  • Buffalo Niagara Preservation | Buffalo, Erie County
  • Whitcomb Garage Adaptive Reuse Project | Whallonsburg, Essex County
  • Historic Green-Wood Chapel | Brooklyn, Kings County
  • Restoration of the exterior of the Central Presbyterian Church | Manhattan, New York County
  • @syracusehistory (Instagram by David Haas) | Syracuse, Onondaga County

The 2021 Historic Preservation Awards are sponsored by the Arthur F. & Alice E. Adams Charitable Foundation.

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