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Crown Point historic district to be studied

— If the AAH study finds support for the historic designation, several more steps are required.

Before a nomination is submitted to the state Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation, a public hearing must be held and the town board must approve the application. A majority of the owners of the buildings in the historic district must also approve.

If the nomination is approved by the state, it then goes to the National Park Service for final approval. The entire process takes about two years.

“Crown Point, like many Adirondack and Lake Champlain Valley communities, has a rich history,” Engelhart said. “In addition to the historical themes the town has in common with many other communities, like iron mining and manufacturing and agriculture, the town has the great distinction of its 18th century forts (military history) and the Champlain Memorial Lighthouse (lake transportation).

Engelhart believes the Crown Point park area is a good candidate for the historic designation.

Other Essex County communities and organizations have used the historic district designation to fund improvements. Examples include Camp Santanoni in Newcomb, the Moriah town hall, the Witherbee Community Building, Frazier Bridge in Ticonderoga, and Fort Ticonderoga.

Besides grants, homeowners in historic districts receive a tax credit that provides incentives for repair and restoration, Engelhart said.

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