CANTON -- Renovations to TAUNY’s new home at 53 Main St. have begun.
When the nonprofit cultural heritage organization bought the former Newberry’s store on Main Street in February 2008, the plan was to move in immediately and then take time to plan and raise funds for necessary renovations.
“The community provided the support we needed to get in the building and to live and work in it while we made plans for creating The TAUNY Center,” explains TAUNY Executive Director Jill Breit. Now with grant funding from Main Street New York, the USDA Community Facilities Program, NYSCA’s Capital Grants Program, Save America’s Treasures, and the Northern New York Community Foundation, the project is underway.
The first phase of renovations includes construction of an elevator for all three floors and an accessible restroom on the first floor, general electrical upgrade and repairs to the first floor, including refinishing of the hardwood floor, renovations to the Main Street façade, including repairs to the second floor windows and interior storm windows, and repairs to the rear façade, including construction of an accessible entrance. Planned renovations will create a more visitor-friendly gallery and shop environment.
During Phase 1 renovations, which are expected to be completed early in the new year, the North Country Folkstore will remain open, and staff will continue work on ongoing programming on the second floor.
“Our staff, Board, and Evergreen Campaign Committee are now turning their attention to raising funds for Phase 2 so we can finish all necessary renovations, including upstairs meeting and program space,” says Breit. “We know the community is excited about this project and we will be asking them to take us over the finish line.”
More info: www.TAUNY.org