The Town of Southampton’s Landmarks & Historic Districts Board (LHDB) announced this week the launching of the Landmarks Maintenance Program, created to encourage owners of historic structures to designate them as landmarks, and provide them with a funding opportunities with which to maintain them.
According to a press release issued by the LHBD, approximately 2,000 historic structures survive in the entire township but many are threatened by neglect or deferred maintenance due to financial constraints. Through assisted maintenance, the Landmarks Maintenance Program can help ensure the continued use, vitality and integrity of Southampton’s heritage.
Approximately $20,000 may be awarded annually to owners of designated town landmarks who qualify for the Town’s STAR and Enhanced STAR programs. Applications will be made available February 1 on the town’s website, with a deadline of October 4, 2013. Awards will be announced in early January 2014. Tax-deductible donations to the fund are welcome to help ensure the long-term sustainability of the program, and allow for larger sums to be awarded in the future.