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Governor Tom Wolf Announces $3 Million to Preserve Historic Buildings

August 09, 2018

Harrisburg, PA – Governor Tom Wolf continued his commitment to invest in local economies today by announcing a total of $3 million has been awarded in 2017-18 Historic Preservation Tax Credits to 21 projects that will leverage an estimated $257 million to preserve historic buildings.

“Pennsylvania is proud of the historic buildings that define our unique cities and town,” said Governor Tom Wolf. “The economic benefits of historic rehabilitation and the impact of the historic tax credit program go far beyond one building and has the potential to spur reinvestment and revitalization in historic communities across the state.”

The Historic Preservation Tax Credit program is administered by the Department of Community and Economic Development (DCED) and the Pennsylvania Historical & Museum Commission (PHMC).

“The historic tax credit is a vital program that helps Pennsylvania with the revitalization and repurposing of empty buildings into active, vibrant sites for new businesses,” said DCED Secretary Dennis Davin. “The Historic Preservation Tax Credit program is one of the most effective investment tools for strengthening Pennsylvania’s local economies. When we revitalize historic sites, we create jobs for more Pennsylvanians across the commonwealth.”

Selected projects range from a historic silk mill in Kutztown, Berks County, that is being converted into a toothbrush manufacturing facility to a vacant commercial building in downtown Philipsburg, Centre County, that will be reused as apartments to the revival of the landmark Yorktowne Hotel in York, York County.

“PHMC is pleased to support historic rehabilitation while advancing community revitalization and economic development through the Historic Preservation Tax Credit,” stated PHMC Executive Director Andrea Lowery. “The 21 projects awarded this year will bring new market rate and affordable housing, new businesses to downtowns, new hotels to support tourism, and educational opportunities through the reuse of historic buildings in Pennsylvania cities and towns.”

Since 2013, the Historic Preservation Tax Credit program has invested more than $15 million to rehabilitate 81 historic buildings leveraging an estimated $1.3 billion in construction expenditures. The investments have helped preserve buildings that contribute to the distinct character of Pennsylvania’s boroughs, townships and cities.

The 21 projects supported by the 2017-18 Historic Preservation Tax Credits are:

  • 521 Armandale Street, Pittsburgh, Allegheny County – Rehabilitation of historic rowhouse in the Mexican War Streets Historic District into affordable housing. $86,303 tax credit allocation, $345,211 in estimated construction expenditures
  • 1010 Morrison Street, Pittsburgh, Allegheny County – Rehabilitation of historic rowhouse in the Old Allegheny Rows Historic District into affordable housing. $43,697 tax credit allocation, $182,855 in estimated construction expenditures
  • Arrott Building, Pittsburgh, Allegheny County – Rehabilitation of historic office building in the Fourth Avenue Historic District into a hotel. $200,000 tax credit allocation, $43,218,472 in estimated construction expenditures
  • Bayard School, Pittsburgh, Allegheny County – Rehabilitation of National Register–listed school into apartments. $150,000 tax credit allocation, $3,224,807 in estimated construction expenditures
  • Bonn Building, Pittsburgh, Allegheny County – Rehabilitation of historic office building in the Penn-Liberty Historic District into commercial market rate apartments. $200,000 tax credit allocation, $6,774,267 in estimated construction expenditures
  • Rogers School, Pittsburgh, Allegheny County – Rehabilitation of National Register–listed historic school into a charter school. $200,000 tax credit allocation, $13,520,000 in estimated construction expenditures
  • Kutztown Silk Mill, Kutztown, Berks County – Rehabilitation of National Register–eligible historic silk mill complex into a toothbrush manufacturing facility. $150,000 tax credit allocation, $2,795,157 in estimated construction expenditures
  • Hoffer Building, Philipsburg, Centre County – Rehabilitation of historic commercial and office building in Philipsburg Historic District into commercial use and apartments. $75,000 tax credit allocation, $350,000 in estimated construction expenditures
  • Awl House, Harrisburg, Dauphin County – Rehabilitation of townhouse in Harrisburg Historic District into office use. $25,000 tax credit allocation, $313,388 in estimated construction expenditures
  • 349 N. Market Street, Lancaster, Lancaster County – Rehabilitation of historic tobacco storage building in Lancaster City Historic District into apartments. $150,000 tax credit allocation, $1,870,327 in estimated construction expenditures
  • Lehigh Valley Cold Storage, Bethlehem, Northampton County – Rehabilitation of historic egg warehouse in South Bethlehem Downtown Historic District in the Lackawanna Avenue Commercial Historic District into apartments adjacent to Lehigh University. $200,000 tax credit allocation, $8,163,494 in estimated construction expenditures
  • Samter Building, Scranton, Lackawanna County – Rehabilitation of historic department store into a mixed used commercial and residential building. $150,000 tax credit allocation, $803,382 in estimated construction expenditures
  • Welles Mansion, Wilkes-Barre, Luzerne County – Rehabilitation of historic mansion in River Street Historic District into a boutique hotel/bed and breakfast. $10,000 tax credit allocation, $99,500 in estimated construction expenditures
  • R&H Simon Silk Mill, Easton, Northampton County – Rehabilitation of National Register–listed silk mill complex into multipurpose complex of housing, offices, restaurants and other commercial spaces. $200,000 tax credit allocation, $7,615,799 in estimated construction expenditures
  • 257 N. 3rd Street, Philadelphia – Rehabilitation of historic commercial row building in Old City Historic District into commercial use and apartments. $60,000 tax credit allocation, $1,750,000 in estimated construction expenditures
  • Beury Building, Philadelphia – Rehabilitation of National Register–listed bank and office building into affordable and market rate apartments. $200,000 tax credit allocation, $38,109,804 in estimated construction expenditures
  • Max Levy Autograph Building, Philadelphia – Rehabilitation of historic industrial building in the Wayne Junction Historic District into apartments. $200,000 tax credit allocation, $4,223,916 in estimated construction expenditures
  • Meckey Co. Building, Philadelphia – Rehabilitation of National Register–listed industrial building into a charter school. $150,000 tax credit allocation, $39,189,127 in estimated construction expenditures
  • Penn Wynn House, Philadelphia – Rehabilitation of National Register–listed midcentury modern apartment building into market rate apartments. $200,000 tax credit allocation, $47,388,000 in estimated construction expenditures
  • Washington Trust Building, Washington, Washington County – Rehabilitation of National Register–listed bank and office building into commercial use and affordable housing. $100,000 tax credit allocation, $1,279,242 in estimated construction expenditures
  • Yorktowne Hotel, York, York County – Rehabilitation of downtown landmark hotel in York Historic District into 21st-century venue. $250,000 tax credit allocation, $36,519,123 in estimated construction expenditures

The application date for Fiscal Year 2018-19 is November 1, 2018. For more information about the program please visit DCED’s website at https://dced.pa.gov/hptc.

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