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Seneca Falls Town Board votes to legally reestablish historic district

By a 3-1 vote, the Town Board voted Tuesday to legally reestablish the town’s historic district.

Earlier this year, State Supreme Court Judge Daniel Doyle ruled that the town’s historic district was not in effect because of a filing and timing technicality going back to 2013.

Doyle ruled the town did not take the proper and timely steps to incorporate the district into town law when the former village of Seneca Falls dissolved at the end of 2011.

The issue ended up in court when a controversy erupted over the possible demolition of the 1870-era Huntington Building at 201 Fall St.

The reestablishment motion came from the town Heritage Preservation Commission, which conducted a public hearing on the reformation of the district Monday night.

HPC chairman Chris Lytle argued for approval of the motion.

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