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Irvington Presses Forward With Historic District Plans

Plans to create a historic district within Irvington are inching forward as the state plans a four-month review of the proposal.
Plans to create a historic district within Irvington are inching forward as the state plans a four-month review of the proposal. Photo Credit: File Photo

IRVINGTON, N.Y. – Plans to create a historic district within Irvington are inching forward as the state plans a four-month review of the proposal.

Irvington Trustee Constance Kehoe said during Monday's Board of Trustees meeting that the Irvington Historic District Committee had successfully submitted a nomination form to the State Historic Preservation Office. Officials plan to conduct a four-month review of the proposal with the committee to further refine it before the site is considered in September, Kehoe said.

The proposed district would seek to preserve the special character and historical value of the downtown area, officials said.

“Places matter,” Irvington architect Walter Sedovic said earlier this year

The proposed district would be bordered by the Hudson River on the west, Barney Park to the south, Broadway to the east and Matthiessen Park on the north. It would include the Bridge Street properties, the Stanford White “Cosmopolitan” Building, the Church of St. Barnabas and the Irvington Presbyterian Church.

A historic district would be created through an application to the New York State Parks Department, which oversees historical designations. The parks department would send letters to homeowners about the proposed district. The district would be established after a review unless at least 51 percent of homeowners objected.

The creation of a historic district is separate from the issue of potential building and zoning code regulations. Any changes or restrictions would be debated after the district was formed.

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