Nominees for White Plains’ new Historic Preservation Commission have been put forward and a public hearing has been scheduled for Wednesday, Oct. 7 at 7:30 p.m. at the White Plains Building Dept. office at 70 Church Street.
The nominees include: Larry Delgado, Rev. Jeffrey Geary, Robert Hoch, Annette Kaicher, Jennifer Lee and Hope Scully.
The White Plains Common Council voted unanimously during its May 4 meeting to adopt the new local law in the form of an amendment to the White Plains Municipal Code by adding a Section 9-6 titled “Historic Preservation.”
The law sets a base for the creation of a new commission comprised of members appointed by the mayor that will make recommendations and establish policy for the protection, enhancement and perpetuation of landmarks and historic districts within the city of White Plains.
During that meeting, Robert Hoch, a trustee of the Westchester County Historical Society and current president of the White Plains Historical Society and a nominee for the Commission said: “What’s gone is gone,” referring to the loss of many of White Plains’ historical sites and buildings during the big urban renewal that took place in the 1980s and beyond. “This new law will allow the protection of the best of what is left,” Hoch added. “It also opens the window on possible grants and tax credits. It is a great step that is long overdue.”