The Buffalo Belt Line is where Larkin soap, the Curtiss Jenny, and the Twinkie were made-products that helped shape America and provide employment to tens of thousands of Buffalonians. Largely forgotten until now, the Belt Line was as consequential as the Erie Canal and Interstate Highway System in shaping Buffalo’s economic destiny. Established in 1883, the 15 mile commuter and freight rail route connected dozens of daylight factories and helped create Buffalo’s first commuter suburbs. Today, millions of square feet of industrial space along the Belt Line are being converted to apartments, offices, breweries, and even a cidery. Join city planners, developers, and raconteurs as they uncover this resource, with stops at some of Buffalo’s foremost industrial heritage sites--Linde Air, Niagara Machine & Tool, Larkin Company, and the titanic Buffalo Central Terminal. Prepare to be stunned by vast spaces lit by monitor and sawtooth roofs and gantry crane hooks the size of an elephant, and see how brownfield and historic tax credits are fueling economic regeneration.
Health, Safety and Welfare
Identify financial assistance programs for eligible projects, such as Historic Tax Credits ( HTC ) and how HTC's can be combined with other Tax Credit programs (NMTC, BCP)
Describe in general the Dept. of Interior Standards for Historic Preservation, and indicate the nuances critical to achieving these guidelines within industrial reuse projects
Select and employ awareness campaigns for gaining community support for historic preservation projects.
Analyze and discuss the approach of using rail and transportation corridors as investment strategies.
David Stebbins, Chris Hawley
Association for Preservation Technology International