1. Under the NY Main Street grant program, the building alterations proposed by an Elmwood building owner will be reviewed by the NYS Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation (OPRHP), State Historic Preservation Office (SHPO). The historic designation (National Register or not) does not matter in this case. The SHPO has to determine if the building is eligible or not. Even if it is not an eligible building (e.g. not over 50 years old, a storefront was added, other non-contributing), SHPO will provide a consultation on the alternatives and appropriate treatments if the proposed project goes against the nature of the streets, buildings and local environment.
2. In the Historic District or the eligible district, or the Main Street funding district, if a business decides not to use State or Federal funding and/or get the State tax credit (opt out – pay for everything themselves) they will not have to submit an application to OPRHP for their work. There is therefore no impact.