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Hamburg's historic Main Street has been placed on the New York State Register of Historic Places, and village officials are hoping to hear soon that it has also obtained a national designation.
"We feel very good about it," Damon Ayer, chairman of the village Historic Preservation Commission, told Village Board members Monday evening.
The village started working on the designation about a year ago and first nominated Main Street from Center Street to Buffalo Street to the state Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation. But state experts suggested the district would have a better chance if it was extended from Lake Street to Buffalo, Ayer said.
"It's a big honor for us to have it in the village, if they bless it," Ayer said.
The village has a very eclectic mix of buildings that encompasses buildings from a large time span, he said.
"We're not a typical turn-of- the century village," Ayer said. "Hamburg has a linear development."
Buildings in the commercial district range from the 1860s to the 1960s, he said. For the most part, the commercial buildings on Main are closer to Buffalo Street, while large homes are on the western end near Lake.
The Historic Preservation Commission was able to show that some of the owners of historic commercial buildings lived in homes on the other end of the street. The Kronenberg Building at 12 Main St. is one example, with the Kronenbergs owning a home on Main, he said.
Should the village be successful in gaining the national designation, it would open grant opportunities, and property owners could be eligible for a 20 percent federal income tax credit.
The village set aside $7,400 for a consultant to prepare the application, and the cost probably will come to about $7,100, Ayer said. That will be offset with a $5,400 state grant the village recently received.
Also Monday night, the board conducted a hearing on changes to the animal ordinance that sets out regulations on keeping fowl and poultry. Up to six female domestic fowl could be kept per residence, under the proposed changes.
The board plans to approve the changes at its meeting Oct. 15.

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