The Preservation League of New York State announced Wednesday it had selected the Warburton Lofts at Philipse Manor Hall Historic District in Yonkers to receive an award for Excellence in Historic Preservation.
The League’s statewide awards program honors notable achievements in retaining, promoting and reusing New York’s architectural heritage. The award will be presented at its annual meeting May 14 in New York City.
“The collection of buildings on Warburton Avenue in Yonkers provide historic context to the Philipse Manor State Historic Landmark just across the street,” said Jay DiLorenzo, President of the Preservation League. “When threatened with demolition for an affordable housing tower, a group of advocates rallied to renovate the buildings, and sought Historic District designation to make the project eligible for rehabilitation tax credits. The Preservation League has followed this effort since 2008, and in fact wrote a letter urging the Yonkers City Council to advance the Historic District designation. As anticipated, the restoration of this row has reversed the economic decline of the neighborhood and fostered a new sense of community pride.”
Involved in the project: Developer: L+M Development Partners, Larchmont; General Contractor: County Builders, LLC, Larchmont; Architect: Stephen Tilly, Architects; Historic Preservation Consulting: Mary B. Dierickx, New York; Building Conservation: Jablonski Building Conservation, New York; M/E/P Engineer: Rodkin Cardinale Consulting Engineers PC, New York; and Structural Engineer: Old Structures Engineering PC, New York.
The Warburton Lofts, a row of landmarked, 19th-century row houses had been targeted for demolition. With the creation of a historic district in downtown Yonkers, these buildings at 44-50 and 54 Warburton Ave., were saved and the $10 million development of the property took place. It includes seven to 10 residential units, marketed to moderate-income households with incomes no higher than 80 percent of the Westchester County median income; and at least 9,000 square feet of ground-level retail space.
Major funding was from the Empire State Development Corporation RESTORE NY Program; Citi Community Capital, Equity Investor; and U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development HOME funds from the City of Yonkers. The project utilized Low Income Housing Tax Credits; New Market Tax Credits; New York State Commercial Rehabilitation Tax Credit Program; and Federal Historic Tax Credits.
Yonkers is the only award winner from lower Hudson Valley.
Others are: Altamont Free Library Train Station Renovation; Academy Lofts, Albany; Williamsburgh Savings Bank, Brooklyn; Holy Rosary Apartments, Rochester; New York City Hall Renovation, New York; and Donald Judd Home & Studio, New York. St. Mark’s Historic Landmark Fund in New York will be recognized for Organizational Excellence.
“Many of the 2014 award winners provide valuable examples for other practitioners by incorporating energy efficiency techniques, adaptive reuse strategies and Federal and State Historic Rehabilitation Tax Credits,” said DiLorenzo. “Each year, we are impressed by the number and variety of laudable nominations, and this year was no exception. We are delighted to celebrate the renovation of the Warburton Lofts at Philipse Manor Hall Historic District.”
(Submitted photo, (c) Frederick Charles)