The Arbor Gerard Block & Carroll Street Warehouse Rehabilitation Project in Elmira, Chemung County, NY, has won a 2021 Excellence in Historic Preservation Award from the Preservation League of NYS.
Arbor Development’s adaptive reuse of three historic industrial buildings into affordable housing is a boon to the Elmira community. The three-story buildings at 118-126 Lake Street and 414-418 Carroll Street went from being vacant to providing 28 residential units, 5 storefronts, 8 artist studios, and an art gallery.
An ARTS survey conducted by Three Rivers Development and the Community Foundation of Elmira-Corning and the Finger Lakes just prior to the project’s initiation underscored the need for housing and workspace for artists in the region, which the project was designed specifically to accommodate.
Since 1984, the Preservation League of NYS’s statewide awards program has highlighted projects, organizations, publications, and individuals that represent the best in the field of historic preservation.
The Awards recognize the people who are using historic preservation to build stronger neighborhoods, create local jobs, provide affordable housing, open our eyes to overlooked history, and save special places.
Additional 2021 Awardees include:
Clinton Avenue Historic Apartments | Albany, NY
Proctors Collaborative | Albany + Saratoga Springs
SUNY Broome Culinary & Event Center | Binghamton, Broome Co.
Steven Engelhart | Keeseville, Clinton Co.
Preservation Buffalo Niagara | Buffalo, Erie Co.
Whitcomb’s Garage Adaptive Reuse Project | Whallonsburg, Essex Co
Green-Wood’s Historic Chapel | Brooklyn, Kings Co
Central Presbyterian Church Exterior Restoration | Manhattan, New York Co.
@syracusehistory (Instagram by David Haas) | Syracuse, Onondaga Co.
Photo of restored Lake Street Building seen at night by Molly Cagwin.