Schenectady Stockade Flood Mitigation

Location: Schenectady, New York

Period: 1735 - 1800

National Register of Historic Places

The purpose of the Flood Mitigation Design Guidelines report, completed in 2017, was to provide the residents of the Stockade, and the City of Schenectady Historic District Commission with a clear approach in determining alterations associated with flood mitigation remediation. The greatest threat to portions of the Stockade District is not development, but rather rapidly changing environmental conditions resulting in reoccurring flooding along the Mohawk River’s corridor. Where elevating homes in a Historic District would normally be forbidden, it is recognized that to maintain the viability of the afflicted properties, extreme changes are necessary. The guidelines presented in the final report are a response to this initiative and seek to balance the desire for historic purity while enabling protection of the property.

Building owner’s now have a document to assist in the evaluation of options for remediation with the assurance that if these guidelines are adhered to, their project will be approved. Furthermore, the guidelines will provide the Historic District Commission with the tools, that have been vetted and approved by the State Historic Preservation Office (SHPO), to objectively evaluate proposals. These guidelines are intended to be incorporated into the City of Schenectady zoning ordinance and will therefore become legal documents in the evaluation of work proposed within the Stockade Historic District. They have been developed in collaboration with the City of Schenectady Planning Department and with the input of a steering committee consisting of representatives of the SHPO, the Preservation League of New York State, neighborhood residents and people with expertise in related issues.