The village of Cooperstown has been awarded a $9,900 grant by the National Trust for Historic Preservation from the Johanna Favrot Fund, according to a media release from the village.
The grant funds will be used to create plans to improve the Fair Street entrance at 22 Main Street. The goal of the design work, to be completed by Holmes–King–Kallquist & Associates of Syracuse, is to create an updated entrance that will enclose an all-weather replacement for the existing fire escape as well as a new full-sized elevator, which is expected to greatly improve access to all floors in the building for people as well as supplies, books and artwork.
Updating the Fair Street entrance was a key recommendation from the space planning work that was completed by HKK earlier this year. In addition to making the entire building more useable for existing occupants and additional community activities, the redesigned entrance will facilitate working on improvements to space within the building. The exterior design of the new entrance is to be compatible with the existing architecture. The design work is the first step, as once the village has a plan in place, construction will require additional funding.
“The design work will begin immediately” mayor Jeff Katz saidin the media release. “We are looking forward to the finished design by early next year.”
The National Trust grant will be matched dollar for dollar with money raised by the Friends of 22 Main Street, Inc., along with contributions from Friends of the Library and the Cooperstown Art Association.
“Organizations like the village of Cooperstown, help to ensure that communities and towns all across America retain their unique sense of place,” said Stephanie Meeks, president of the National Trust for Historic Preservation, in the release. “We are honored to provide a grant to Cooperstown, which will use the funds to help preserve an important piece of our shared national heritage.”