In fact, an historic district would force the state to consult with the Historic Preservation Office should it ever decide to make changes to New Scotland Road, such as widening it, and show it would not impact the historic significance of the district.
There will be an informational meeting Thursday, Aug. 26, at 8 p.m. at the Slingerlands Community United Methodist Church, where a presentation will be made and residents will have a chance to make comments on the idea.
"We want to hear back from people about what they think and about what they think of the neighborhood," Leath said.
Completing a study of the area depends on homeowner cooperation so the necessary information can be compiled, said Opalka. That will also help in drawing the borders of the district.
"Depending on how much work people are going to do, it could take a few months to research everything," said Opalka. "What we really need to do is let the history guide us."