“It is what I’ve always known I am meant to be,” she said.
Both couples said they hope their restorations will add to the town’s tax base and commercial revitalization.
“Hartwick has been suffering for many years,” Waro said. “We would love for this to help make it better.”
Because their property had a business in it as recently as the late 20th century, the Waros property has needed less work; however, to restore it to the way it looked in the 1850s, which is their goal, will still take a lot of work and money.
“It is just a process,” Waro said. “You know history has happened here. I can’t even imagine how many people have passed over that door step.”
Both couples have gotten lots of help. The Clarvoe building renovation has been designed by Steve Zurby.
The Waro building renovation was designed by McManus Engineering. But they have also gotten help from their friends and neighbors.
“I can’t tell you how many people stop by,” Waro said, “and the next thing you know they are wielding a hammer.”