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December 6, 2012

Village awarded grant to study 22 Main St.

Staff Report
Cooperstown Crier

---- — The Preservation League of New York State has awarded a $3,000 Technical Assistance Grant to the village of Cooperstown.

The grant will support the completion of a feasibility study to improve the public’s use of the structure that serves as Cooperstown’s municipal building, according to a media release from the Preservation League.

“We are thrilled that The Preservation League of New York State has awarded a $3,000 Technical Assistance Grant to the village of Cooperstown,” Mayor Jeff Katz said in the release. “22 Main is the hub of Cooperstown activity, housing the village government, the Cooperstown Police Department, our village library and the Cooperstown Art Association. There is no other publicly owned building in the village that is as loved and in such need. That the Preservation League has seen how important 22 Main Street is to the fabric of our community is very rewarding.”

The Classical Revival style building was constructed in 1898 as a YMCA and library through the generosity of philanthropist Elizabeth Scriven Clark. Designed by noted New York City architect Ernest Flagg, the municipality became its owner and steward in 1939. Users today are feeling the pressures of limited space, and the village Library and the Cooperstown Art Association are seeking to enhance their offerings with new technology and improved display and meeting spaces, the release stated. 

The Syracuse-based firm Holmes, King, Kallquist & Associates, Architects will work with all stakeholders on strategies for space planning and programming.

“22 Main Street is a rare combination of an extraordinary building with a very special mix of community-oriented uses, Bruce King said in the release. “We look forward to working with each of the user groups to help plan for the future shared use of the building in a way which ensures its preservation and vitality.”

The Preservation League of New York State launched the Technical Assistance Grant (TAG) program in 2012 to support discrete projects that preserve New York state’s cultural and historic resources. Grants of up to $3,000 are available to not-for-profit arts and cultural groups and municipalities managing historic sites, museums, arts facilities and other culturally important institutions that are located in historic buildings and structures open to the public. 

“In a very competitive grant round, applicants sought funds for technical studies to be carried out by preservation and design professionals which included building conditions surveys, engineering and structural analyses, and feasibility and reuse studies,” Tania Werbizky, the League’s Regional Director of Technical and Grant Programs in western New York, said in the release. “The Preservation League is delighted to help advance the efforts of the Village of Cooperstown with this grant.”

“The TAG program builds on the track record of excellence the League has established with the similarly NYSCA-funded Preserve New York Grant program,” Jay DiLorenzo, President of the Preservation League, said in the release. “Our TAG program fills a significant funding gap. It is tailored to provide support to worthy projects in New York that are ineligible for grants from other sources, or may not have the scope or scale to compete at regional and national levels.”

The second of two grant rounds in 2012 awarded $14,338 to six projects in as many counties. Each grant recipient must provide a $500 match. The six grants awarded in October join seven made in April. The first year of TAG resulted in 13 projects undertaken by 11 not-for-profit groups and two municipalities receiving a total of $33,833 in support.

According to the release, The Preservation League of New York State is a private, not-for-profit organization that works to protect and enhance the Empire State’s historic buildings, landscapes and neighborhoods.

For more information on the League’s Technical Assistance Grant program, call 518-462-5658 or visit the League’s website at www.preservenys.org.