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Landmark Society lists Geneva, Seneca Falls sites on revival list

Historic buildings in Geneva and Seneca Falls are on the Landmark Society of Western New York’s 2018 “Five to Revive” list announced today in Rochester.

The list includes Parrott Hall at 643 W. North St., Geneva, and the former National Yeast Co. building at 201 Fall St., Seneca Falls.

This is the sixth year that the Landmark Society has come up with a “Five to Revive” list of structures worth investing in to ensure their adaptive reuse and revitalization of their neighborhoods.

“The Five to Revive initiative is proving to be very successful and continues to demonstrate that preservation and adaptive reuse are key strategies for revitalization in western New York,” said Tom Castelein, Landmark Society board president and chairman of its Five to Revive Committee.

“Each year, the Landmark Society works closely with owners, municipal officials and developers to facilitate investment and foster rehabilitation,” said Wayne Goodman, executive director of the Landmark Society. “The ultimate goal is to return these important historic resources to a place of prominence in their respective communities as economic and social assets that spark even more investment and revitalization.”

Castelein said being on the list gives a property more visibility that can expand their funding options. He said some on the list may already be on the road to revitalization, but placement on the list draws the focused attention of government officials, developers and preservation advocates.

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