The Niagara County Industrial Development Agency on Wednesday voted in favor of granting a payment in lieu of taxes to 4600 Group LLC, the company that owns the Frontier House and adjoining property on Center Street in Lewiston.
No comments were made by the public or the voting board, and no members of the limited liability group were in attendance.
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Estimates provided are based on current property tax rate and assessment value.
In its application, 4600 Group LLC stated, “This nearly two-hundred year old building can once again be a core destination in the village for locals and travelers. Effectively serving as the touchstone representing Lewiston to those unfamiliar with the area. In this sense, the Frontier House provides an architecturally significant example of the social history and commercial context that characterize the Village of Lewiston as it evolved during the nineteenth and twentieth centuries.”
After renovations are complete, the building will offer “A unique way to experience village life and the history of Lewiston.”
The application also noted, “Located on prestigious Center Street, the Federal-style inn architecturally demonstrates the social prominence and economic success of its original founders as well as the clientele the business attracted. Designed to provide a comfortable refuge for visitors to Lewiston, restoring the building presents the opportunity to stay in a 200-year-old building enriched with history.”
And, “Today the Village of Lewiston is home to shops, restaurants and Artpark State Park. It’s also well-known for its Historic Downtown, nearby country club, annual music and art festivals. The Frontier House will once again be a resting place for travels looking to take advantage of
this picturesque small-town destination. The building will exemplify the high quality of architecture that characterizes the commercial core of the village along Center Street.”
The rehabilitation project is designed to have “this modern overnight stay available with this historic location will create awareness for its accomplished title with the National Register of Historic Places.
Listed goals include:
√ Support the original design and function that for over a century was a Lewiston community anchor that housed numerable travelers throughout its rich history.
√ Historically speaking, customers and guests are drawn to the Lewiston because of the history it offers. The history will be presented for guests and locals alike.
√ Draw attention to the excellent example of the Federal-style, of which there are only a few remaining examples in Western New York.
To achieve these goals, the ownership group intends to:
√ Rebrand the logo
√ Install new signage outside
√ Restore original details
√ Provide an in-depth history book in common area
√ Add a guest sign-in book to share a story
√ Display art by local artists
√ Offer tours to draw attention to history
√ Build a specific website
In terms of promotion, 4600 Group LLC stated, “Frontier House will be marketed as a tourist destination that will attract a significant number of visitors from outside our area. The purpose behind Frontier House tourism marketing will be to promote the business, make it stand out, attract customers, and generate brand awareness. The history buff will certainly appreciate its two hundred year old legacy. It will also appeal to those seeking to make a link with past spirits that may (or may not) still be walking its halls.
“To attract this visitor we will do the following best practice:
√ “Identify Your Best Prospective Visitors to Optimize Ad Buying
√ “Increase Exposure by Partnering with Influencers
√ “Create Destination Videos & Photos That Appeal to the Right Tourists
√ “Share What’s New in Your Area
√ “Tailor Efforts by Traveler Type.”