Downtowns throughout New York are characterized by two-to five-story buildings constructed in the 19th and early 20th centuries. These commercial rows have endured changing uses and economies and with timely care, they can last for centuries. Many boast special details – from cast iron storefronts to brick cornices – and some buildings are designated as landmarks. While street level business may catch our attention first, the upper floors are also integral to the buildings. However, vacant upper stories present challenges for reuse.
The workshop, “Enhancing Main Street: Making Upper Floors Work Again,” brings together experts in community revitalization. The workshop sessions address design, building code and financial strategies employed in New York State communities for bringing upper floors back to productive use.
Upper Floors Guide Book
Upper Floor Reuse: A Guidebook for Revitalizing Downtown Buildings was finalized in March, 2015 and is available for download.
The project was developed for the New York State Department of State with funds provided under Title 11 of the Environmental Protection Fund. The guidebook was produced by Genesee/Finger Lakes Regional Planning Council in partnership with the Preservation League of New York State.