February 16, 2011

It’s always rewarding to have positive reactions to newspaper articles that feature the topic of historic preservation. The February 1, 2011 edition of the CITY newspaper included a feature story about historic industrial buildings/their historic significance/challenges for re-use/examples of redevelopment, in particular, the fate of one c. 1910s complex on Chili Ave. in the city’s 19th ward.

Much of the background info for that extensive article was provided by LS staff via a long phone conversation with the writer. That article was seen by radio talk show host Bob Smith at WXI/1370 AM - who has a personal interest in this type of building/industrial complex. He called this morning & invited me to come discuss this topic on his daily mid-day program on:

FEBRUARY 16, 2011 in the live broadcast segment from 1:06-1:57 p.m.

Bob has included discussions about historic preservation on previous programs, with topics such as the recent Midtown Plaza project/redevelopment, national pharmacy chains/development pressures/community repercussions, regional planning & the benefits of preservation.

I also suggested contacting Pittsford Mayor Bob Corby as another on-air participant, as he was recently included (by invitation) as the only municipal official at a National Trust-sponsored symposium on this topic - industrial buildings/complexes/redevelopment - which was held at the Rockefeller estate, “Kykuit” in the Hudson Valley. Trained as an architect & also a preservation planner, Bob has been involved with two major redevelopment projects in the village of Pittsford (along the canal) involving extensive complexes of 19th & 20th century industrial buildings, one of which has significant environmental (“brownfield”) issues.

This is a live broadcast with “call-in” participation from the public. It’s always an excellent venue for promoting historic preservation (rehab opportunities, Natl. Register, tax credits, etc.) and our programs & events (i.e. the Annual Preservation Conference on April 30).