Fresh Pond Road-Myrtle Avenue Historic District included in ‘Historic Places’ list –

Historic photo of Fresh Pond Road. (QNS/File)

The Fresh Pond Road-Myrtle Avenue Historic District has been listed on the State and National Register of Historic Places.

Already 2,982 residential buildings in the Ridgewood area are part of the historic district. Now, 445 businesses along the strip of Fresh Pond Road and Myrtle Avenue will also receive historic status. Two community organizations, the Greater Ridgewood Restoration Corporation (GRRC) and the Myrtle Avenue Business Improvement District (BID) have partnered to obtain this historic list.

Theodore Renz, Executive Director of the IDB, said this state and national recognition is great news for Ridgewood’s two main historic community corridors. Businesses along Fresh Pond Road and Myrtle Avenue will now have the opportunity to receive federal and state tax credits if they complete repairs while preserving the architectural integrity of the commercial district.

“The historic quality of the buildings along Myrtle Avenue and Fresh Pond Road – with their small-scale appearance and interesting architectural features such as quirky cornices – create an attractive environment for shopping and residing on these avenues,” said renz.

The neighborhood was developed in the early 1900s; Predating the Ridgewood street grid, this was a Native American trail that eventually turned into a 19th century plank road. The Fresh Pond Road-Myrtle Avenue Historic District is an L-shaped linear area.

The National Registry does not limit what private owners can do with their property. To learn more about the designation and available tax credits, business owners and residents can contact the GRRC at [email protected] or call 718-366-8721.

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