Rochester Area Companies Win New York State Historic Preservation Award

Preservation AwardALBANY, NY – May 15, 2010 – The Preservation League of New York State has selected the rehabilitation of the former Belmont Hotel in Belmont, Allegany County, to receive an award for Excellence in Historic Preservation.

Contributing to the success of this project were Arbor Development of Bath; The Fountain Arts Center in Belmont; Edgemere Development in Rochester; Saralinda Hooker, Preservation Consultant, of Canandaigua; Glasow Simmons Architecture (Formerly ADG Architecture) of Rochester; and DGA Builders of East Rochester.

The League’s statewide awards program honors notable achievements in retaining, promoting and reusing New York State’s irreplaceable architectural heritage.

“Edgemere Development, Glasow Simmons Architecture (formerly ADG Architecture) and DGA Builders is a highly successful team that has completed several historic rehabilitation projects in Upstate New York,” stated Stephanie Benson, COO Edgemere Development. “Apartments at the Belmont took complex financing during this adverse economy as well highly skilled professionals to restore the serious deterioration of this downtown anchor.

Edgemere Development has extensive experience in developing and adaptively reusing historic properties.

The Belmont Hotel was built in 1890, just down the street from the Allegany County Courthouse in the Village of Belmont. According to Dan Gallagher, Director of Real Estate Development for Arbor Development, “The former Belmont Hotel has been transformed from a decaying eyesore and community safety hazard into an outstanding example of the rehabilitation of a historic building through preservation. This transformation has inspired other business owners to make improvements to their properties, and has fostered additional streetscape developments throughout Belmont’s downtown business district. We are truly honored to receive statewide recognition for our project.”

The Preservation League’s Excellence in Historic Preservation awards program is funded by a generous grant from the Arthur F. and Alice E. Adams Foundation of Miami, Florida.

By leading a statewide preservation movement, sharing information and expertise and raising a unified voice, the Preservation League of New York State promotes historic preservation as a tool to revitalize our neighborhoods and communities, honor our heritage and enrich our lives.