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Historic Hamptons Homes Eligible For Landmarks Maintenance Program Award

Sydney A. Braat

556 Montauk Highway is a town landmark. (Courtesy Photo)

For the past five consecutive years, the Southampton Landmarks & Historic Districts Board has aided historic homeowners keep their storied abode in tiptop shape through the Landmarks Maintenance Program Award. Anyone who has trouble maintaining their historic properties are urged to apply for this award. Applications are due December 29.

The Award Program supports projects that contribute to the preservation and long-term sustainability of designated properties. Projects may include exterior improvements, structural stabilization, window, door, and shutter restoration, or the resolution of water-penetration issues.

"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.

To be eligible for the award, a historic resource must already have been designated as a Town landmark. Owner-applicants are also required to have Basic or Enhance School Tax Relief (STAR) status. The work must be completed in a year and verified by a Landmarks & Historic Districts Board member.

"We have awarded a total of about $69,000 to owners over the last four years," said 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."

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 subsequent benefits should visit www.southamptontownny.gov.

"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 Davis.

To apply for a Southampton Town Landmark designation andfor the Landmarks Maintenance Award, visit www.southamptontownny.gov. Questions can be addressed to any of the Landmarks Board members indicated on the Town website.

For more information, call 631-283-6000 or visit www.southamptontownny.gov.

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