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TOWN NAMES GARDENVILLE HISTORIC DISTRICT

The hamlet of Gardenville has several historic landmarks within a quarter-mile stretch of Union Road near Clinton Street.

"It's a quaint old area that has a lot of charm and history," said Supervisor Paul T. Clark. "We really want to bring some pride back to that area."

To do so, the Town Board last week declared the area a historic and cultural district.

Although the town has deemed the area a historic district, it has not been given state or federal recognition, nor will residents have to adhere to any strict rules or regulations for property upkeep, according to Clark.

Clark said giving the area the historical label could help the town with grant writing for projects at the Burchfield Art and Nature Center and other improvements to the area, including the possibility of adding some park benches and unique streetlighting. In October, the town received $200,000 in state funds to purchase the Christian Metz house and for additional projects at the nature center.

Along with the Burchfield Arts and Nature Center and the Metz house, Fourteen Holy Helpers Catholic Church and an old book bindery are in the area, and Clark said there is a possibility of moving the West Seneca Historical Society into Gardenville as well.

"We are also negotiating to buy some additional property near the Burchfield Center for more space," said Clark. He said the town also owns 15 acres of land on the opposite side of Cazenovia Creek that cannot currently be accessed.

"We are working with the (University at Buffalo) Architectural School to come up with a creative plan to get to the other side of the creek," said Clark.

The town is also in the process of writing an $85,000 state recreation grant to improve the trail system at the park and received a $35,000 state grant to add a remote learning center classroom to the nature center.

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