NEW SCOTLAND — The Village of Voorheesville and Town of New Scotland will together receive a $10,000 Preserve New York grant that will fund a comprehensive survey for all of New Scotland.
Voorheesville and New Scotland are set to launch their Cultural Resources Survey — a tool both governing bodies intend to use as a means of identifying buildings of historic significance and open spaces in need of preservation as they both plan future development.
The area encompassing the village and hamlets spans less than five miles but contains a diversity of historic buildings and rural landscapes, said Voorheesville Mayor Richard Straut and New Scotland Town Supervisor Doug LaGrange. The survey will also help identify the character-defining features of the hamlets and village, and help each to enact laws and implement policies that support smart, sustainable, sensitive development while preserving what makes each area unique.
“We are delighted that the Preservation League will be supporting our Cultural Resources Survey,” Straut and LaGrange said in a shared written statement. “This award validates our approach to historic preservation as an important component to improving the quality of life, promoting appropriate development, and maintaining community character through intelligent planning. We look forward to working with the League on a project that will create a resource that will benefit our municipalities and the community at large.”
The state grant is funded in part by the Preservation League of New York State and their program partners at the New York State Council on the Arts.
At its 2021 meeting, an independent grant panel selected 32 applicants in 25 counties to receive support totaling $297,995. Each grant supports important arts and cultural initiatives, as well as economic development related to our state’s arts and cultural heritage.