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Five sites in Buffalo Niagara nominated for historic registers

Parkside Candy Shoppe and Factory on Main Street is among a handful of sites in the Buffalo Niagara region nominated for inclusion on the State and National Registers of Historic Places.

Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo’s office announced Monday that 27 properties statewide have been recommended by the state Board for Historic Preservation. Once recommendations are approved by the state historic preservation officer, the properties are listed on the state register and then nominated to the national register for further review and action.

“These sites are the locations of significant moments in New York’s rich history that, in many cases, reverberated across the nation and beyond,” Cuomo said.

The local nominees are:

• Parkside Candy Shoppe and Factory, Main Street and West Winspear Avenue. Built between 1925 and 1928, the store and factory complex represents the type of independent candy store and candy manufacturer that frequently existed in American cities.

• The Great Atlantic & Pacific Tea Company (A&P) Warehouse, Swan and Hamburg streets. Completed in 1917, the reinforced concrete warehouse served A&P, the largest retail grocer in the United States for much of the 20th century.

• Sinclair, Rooney & Co. Building, 461 Washington St. Constructed in 1909 for the wholesale milliner, it was designed to be flexible for the changing needs of light industrial work and later occupied by Remington Rand Inc., sellers of office supply and technology.

• University Presbyterian Church, Niagara Falls Boulevard and Main Street. The church was built with an uncommon V-shaped plan and erected in two phases: the original 1927 sanctuary wing aligned along Niagara Falls Boulevard and the 1955 education wing along Main Street.

• The former Mount St. Mary’s Hospital, on Sixth Street in Niagara Falls. The Sisters of St. Francis built the large-scale hospital, in neoclassical revival style, between 1912 and 1914, when their 30-bed hospital no longer could accommodate growing demand.

Buildings listed on the registers are eligible for public preservation programs and services, including matching state grants and historic rehabilitation tax credits, that can assist owners with revitalization. Last year, developers invested $500 million statewide to revitalize properties on the national register, while homeowners invested more than $9.8 million to help revitalize historic neighborhoods.