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From left, Canajoharie Deputy Mayor Ron Dievendorf, Historic West Hill School President Hein Kraak, Mohawk Valley Collective Board Member John McGlone, Canajoharie Mayor Francis Avery and Preservation League of New York State President Jay DiLorenzo.


Preservation League presents nearly $20,000 in grants

Wednesday, December 11, 2013 - Updated: 4:52 AM


C-S-E Editor

CANAJOHARIE -- The Preservation League of New York State presented three grants, totaling nearly $20,000, to Montgomery County organizations on Tuesday morning at Canajoharie business Twilight Gardens.

"We're very excited and proud to do this today," said Preservation League of New York State President Jay DiLorenzo, presenting a $7,000 check, issued by the Preservation League's Preserve New York Grant Program, to the village of Canajoharie.

The $7,000 will fund the creation of a historic resource survey in the village. DiLorenzo stated, "The village of Canajoharie, as you're all well aware, is ripe for reinvestment and revitalization." The grant funding will allow the village to assess historical resources in the village, which will guide future plans in the first step toward creating a National Register Historic District, which will make residential and commercial historic properties eligible for New York State and federal rehabilitation tax credit.

Mayor Francis Avery accepted the funding, stating. "Thank you very much. We are very pleased to receive this check. The village has had discussions about this project for 20 years, and we're really pleased and gratified that we can see this project through its completion."

The second grant, also provided by the Preservation League's Preserve New York Grant Program, was for $10,000, given to the Mohawk Valley Collective. The funding will allow the MVC to complete a historic structure report on Unity Hall in Fort Plain. Unity Hall, a historic 19th century building that formerly housed the First Universalist Church, "is still in relatively in-tact condition despite the fact that it was foreclosed upon by the county and threatened with demolition at one time," said DiLorenzo.

The structural report will provide a very intensive, professional look at existing conditions, the building's history and its plan for future revisitation and reuse.

The Preservation League of NYS previously provided a grant to Historic Fort Plain, at the end of 2012, for a conditions assessment at Unity Hall. Earlier this year, they also provided a grant to Historic West Hill School for a structural assessment of the property.

"We've had a good, productive history with MVC, and this is the next step in the process," said DiLorenzo.

John McGlone, a member of the MVC Board of Directors, stated, "this is an exciting opportunity for the region," adding, to DiLorenzo, "we really appreciate all the support you've given us."

The third check, from the Preservation League's Technical Assistance Grant Program, in the amount of $2,900, was awarded to the Montgomery County Historical Society. The grant will fund an assessment of the exterior of Old Fort Johnson, a National Historic Landmark that was flooded with 5-1/2 feet of water during Hurricane Irene and Tropical Storm Lee in 2011.

The exterior assessment is the first part of a full conditions assessment, which will also require an assessment of the previously water-logged building's interior.


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