SSIRP Has a State Contract – Finally!
[December 8, 2014 – Sherburne, NY]—Nearly a year after Gov. Cuomo announced that Save the Sherburne Inn Restoration Project (SSIRP) had been awarded a $500,000 economic development grant through the Department of Parks, Recreation, and Historic Preservation, SSIRP finally has an executed State contract and can now begin the work of restoring the historic Sherburne Inn that has been vacant for more than a decade.
Kathleen Yasas, president of the SSIRP Board of Directors, said today: “We were very excited when we got the news of the grant award in December 2013, but had no idea it would take this long to get a signed contract from the State. It’s been frustrating, to say the least. However, we’re putting that frustration behind us now that we can begin to move forward with the initial steps of the restoration.” Until the contract was signed by the Attorney General and the State Comptroller, no work could begin.
Preservation Architects Crawford and Stearns of Syracuse have been creating the bid package that will include specs for the exterior restoration work. This phase of the restoration includes refurbishing windows, repairing wooden columns and railings, repairs to the brickwork and mortar, removing architectural features that were not part of the original 1917 building, recreating architectural features that were removed, repairing the stone work on the porch, and repairing external stairs and walkways. Plans also include the addition of a ramp to bring the building into compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act mandates.
A request for proposals will be published in area newspapers, after which submitted proposals will be reviewed by Crawford and Stearns and the SSIRP Board of Directors. Contractors will be chosen based on specific expertise and knowledge of historic preservation methods and materials. All exterior work must also be approved by the New York State Historic Preservation Office.
Conceptualized as an economic driver for the Village and Town of Sherburne, Chenango County, the Southern Tier, and New York State, SSIRP plans to reopen The Inn with sleeping rooms, event space, conference space, a farm-to-table restaurant and bar, a tavern, and retail space. Temporary and permanent part- and full-time jobs will be created both during the restoration and after The Inn has been re-opened.
The project coincides with several of the focal points of the State’s economic development priorities: downtown revitalization, historic preservation, tourism, and local agriculture. The 2013 grant was part of $81.9 million awarded to the Southern Tier Regional Economic Development Council. Of the 87 projects funded in the Southern Tier, only 22 received more funding than SSIRP. A total of 8 funded projects are located in Chenango County.
For more information on The Sherburne Inn and SSIRP, visit TheSherburneInn.org SSIRP is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization.
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What’s New? (Spring ’14)
SSIRP is appreciative of the community’s interest in the saving The Sherburne Inn project. As a number of questions have arisen regarding “What’s going on?,” we hope the following information will be useful:
As you may have heard, SSIRP was awarded a $500,000 economic development grant from the State of New York in December. Some people have asked, “Why isn’t anything happening at the building since SSIRP got this money?” The answer to this question is a simple one: we don’t “have” the money. The grant is reimbursement funding, meaning SSIRP has to spend money before it can be reimbursed from the state. SSIRP is in the process of securing a bank line of credit. When work begins on the building, SSIRP will pay for that work from the line of credit, will submit an invoice to the state, and will be reimbursed. Furthermore, before any reimbursement can be paid, SSIRP must execute a contract with the state. SSIRP met with state representatives in February to discuss components of the contract, which are complex and time-consuming. We are finalizing the contract now, and have been advised by our representatives that state review of the contract can take several months, a process over which we have no control. We cannot begin work on the building until that contract is executed, and all work, no matter how small, must be approved by the historic preservation representatives working with us on this project. The grant is very specific about how monies can be spent, and we are required to abide by these specifications. We anticipate, in this Phase 1 process, that the grant will cover exterior restoration of the building. We are investigating funding for Phase 2, which will be applied to interior restoration. Funds received from individuals in the community since last year have been critical in our ability to get to this point, and the entire SSIRP board extends its thanks to those who have shown such great support.
Our preservation architects, Crawford & Stearns of Syracuse, have visited the building on a regular basis over the winter months measuring, photographing, and planning. They are, as we speak, working on drawings for both the exterior and interior of the building. This, too, is a lengthy process. We hope to have these architectural drawings in hand shortly and on display at the Inn on Pageant of Bands. We have been able to move forward with the architects thanks to funds from The Howard K. Finch Memorial Foundation. Although Finch funds are also reimbursement monies, that process of payment moves more quickly than funds from the state. As with the state funds, we do not have $50,000 from Finch in our bank account. When work is complete, we will submit an invoice to Finch for payment.
As everyone in Sherburne is well aware, the winter of 2013-2014 has been a challenge. Just last week it snowed. SSIRP has been planning a clean-up day at the Inn, but temperatures have been prohibitive as the inside of the building is often many degrees colder than outside. Now that spring is finally here, we hope to move that process forward. Again, however, all work in the building must be approved by the state.
No one is more eager to begin work on The Sherburne Inn than those of us at SSIRP. Rest assured that while you may not have seen anything definitive happening at the building, the SSIRP board has been working tirelessly on the complicated process that is the restoration of the Inn. Even the smallest project, prior to starting, requires thought and preparation, and the Inn is no small project. This is not a situation where grants are awarded and we pull out a hammer and paintbrush. Historic restrictions are in place, paperwork on all aspects of the project is massive, and careful and methodical planning are required before we can begin work that will be obvious to the community. Work behind the scenes has never stopped. We ask as well for an appreciation that all board members are volunteering their time in this effort, and have jobs, families, and lives outside of The Sherburne Inn project that also require our time and attention. We have known from the beginning that transforming this building from a vacant structure to a vibrant, thriving business will be an exercise in patience. The process is slow, but is moving ahead every day.
We hope the above clarifies some of the questions that have been raised in recent months.
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SSIRP Hires Preservation Architects Crawford & Stearns
November 6, 2013, Sherburne, New York
Save The Sherburne Inn Restoration Project, Inc. (SSIRP), the nonprofit organization formed in January to save the historic Sherburne Inn, announced today that it has retained preservation architects Crawford & Stearns, of Syracuse.
It was a challenging decision,” SSIRP President Kathleen Yasas said. “We received bids from four architectural firms and all presented outstanding services. In the end, however, the SSIRP board felt that Crawford & Stearns was the best fit.”
Crawford & Stearns, founded in 1979, focuses on preservation of architecturally, historically, and culturally significant resources. The firm’s expertise is vast, and includes main street and downtown revitalization programs and local landmark preservation.
Architect and partner Randy Crawford, with whom SSIRP will be working closely, is a licensed architect with an advanced degree in the history of architecture. He is qualified under Federal 36 CFR requirements to practice architecture, architectural history, and historic architecture, and has been in private practice for over 35 years. His principal expertise and experience lie in the areas of historic preservation planning and design review, small town revitalization, and commercial revitalization with a particular emphasis on the sympathetic adaptive reuse of historic properties. Mr. Crawford is a frequent speaker on various aspects of historic preservation and has served on the boards of several professional, private, and public boards including the Preservation League of New York State, the Regional Council of Historical Agencies, and the New York Chapter of the Association for Preservation Technology.
“We’re thrilled to be working with SSIRP on restoring The Sherburne Inn,” Mr. Crawford said. “We think SSIRP’s vision is great for the community. This building is an important local landmark, and we at Crawford & Stearns feel its rehabilitation will help revitalize the entire region.”
Successful projects require accurate on-site investigation and documentation, the sensitive accommodations of applicable building codes and life safety standards, the incorporation of specific spatial and programmatic needs established by those using the building as well as by various funding and regulatory agencies, the incorporation of environmentally responsible and sustainable design principles, provisions for handicapped accessibility, and an awareness of the physical limitations inherent with an existing structure, as well as the appropriate treatment of historically and architecturally significant features. Crawford & Stearns’ partners and senior staff have actively pursued advanced studies in both academic and practical applications and are associated with professional organizations committed to these principles.
“We’re looking forward to kicking off the planning stage of this project and working with C/S to bring back a commercial establishment that means so much to our village, “Ms. Yasas said. “SSIRP’s goal is not only to save an historic landmark, but to encourage economic development in Sherburne.”
The Sherburne Inn, which opened its doors for the first time in 1917 as a hotel and restaurant, has been a mainstay on Sherburne’s anchor corner for almost 100 years. In late 2012, the building was threatened by demolition when a chain store proposed to buy The Inn and an adjacent historic building, tear both down, and erect in their place an all-night convenience shop and gas station. SSIRP negotiated an alternative plan with then-owner and local businessman Jim Webb, and purchased The Inn on April 25, 2013.
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State Senator Seward tours the Sherburne Inn
Senator James L. Seward visited Sherburne on Saturday, October 5, and took the opportunity to tour The Sherburne Inn with SSIRP board members Kathleen Yasas, Steve Perrin, Jim McDaniel, and Rose Tenney. Senator Seward commended SSIRP’s efforts in its plans to restore Sherburne’s historic corner.
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SSIRP Welcomes William Livermore as Board Member
William (“Bill”) Livermore is a 1988 graduate of Sherburne-Earlville Central School. He most recently served as CEO and Executive Director of the Somaly Mam Foundation (SMF), a global human rights organization dedicated to ending modern day slavery. Bill is also a member of the New York City Human Trafficking Task Force.
Bill played a key role in the 2007 founding of SMF before joining as full-time leader two years later. At SMF Bill was responsible for implementing new outcomes-based strategies across the organization and establishing multiple corporate, public, and NGO partnerships in the areas of public awareness, advocacy and survivor services. Revenue at SMF grew steadily year-over-year, growing from $600,000 in 2008 to $2.25 million in 2009, $3.5 million in 2010, and $4.6 million in 2011.
At SMF, Bill initiated and led the development of Project Futures, a youth engagement platform that netted $350,000 its first year and established a brand separate from the organization’s founder and president (Somaly Mam). As a member of the New York City Human Trafficking Task Force, Bill has provided strategic guidance to the Mayor’s Office in establishing its human trafficking public awareness campaign and strengthening its anti-trafficking efforts and survivor services.
Prior to joining the foundation, Bill served as the Director of Thought Leadership Programs at LexisNexis, where he was responsible for building the company’s Rule of Law initiative and managing government, legal, and NGO relationships.
Bill has also served as Lead Advance for the Clinton White House and held management positions at Cornell, Corning, Unisys, and LexisNexis. At Corning, Bill was instrumental in helping the company consolidate multiple brands that Corning had acquired and re-launch them as a unified brand.
Bill is a Cornell University graduate and lives with his family in New York City.
Save The Sherburne Inn Restoration Project’s
fundraiser on Indiegogo has launched!
Please take a few moments to visit the site to read our story, see interior shots of the current building, and watch our video about the project.
PLEASE SHARE THIS LINK with your friends, family, and all other contacts, all the tools are there. Get perks, make a contribution, or simply follow updates. The fundraiser will run for 60 days, help us reach our Indiegogo goal!
Nina’s to host Give Back Night, Tuesday, July 23
In Support of SSIRP
We live in such a great community, and I don’t mean just Sherburne. Nina’s, in Norwich, will be supporting The Sherburne Inn project on July 23 by donating 20% of proceeds to SSIRP. Please mark your calendar for Tuesday, July 23, and stop by Nina’s between 4-10 p.m. on Give Back Night. Print and present the coupon below when you cash out and help Nina’s help us! And please, share with your friends!!
Thank you Nina’s!!!
Finch Fund Awards SSIRP $50,000 Grant
The Howard K. Finch Memorial Fund today announced the decision of its Community Board to award a grant of $50,000 to Save the Sherburne Inn Restoration Project, Inc. (SSIRP) for the purposes of paying fees for a preservation architect to develop planning and schematic documents and a construction cost estimate for restoration and renovation of the Sherburne Inn building; the cost of preliminary environmental testing; and the cost of acquiring additional documentation necessary for state grant applications.
Richard M. Runyon, Trustee of the Finch Fund, said in the award letter, “This is one of the largest awards in the Finch Fund’s history, and while the Community Board realizes this project will be ongoing and difficult, they also think it will have a positive impact on the appearance of downtown Sherburne.”
Kathleen Yasas, President of the Board of Directors of SSIRP, said, “We are thrilled to have the generous support of the Howard K. Finch Memorial Fund, and so pleased to have earned their vote of confidence in our project. It’s all about community, and our vision in restoring this historic property is to not only honor Sherburne’s past, but to revitalize its future.”
The Howard K. Finch Memorial Fund was established in 1998 for the purpose of distributing funds for the benefit of the Village and Town of Sherburne. This award is SSIRP’s first major grant since its incorporation as a nonprofit organization in January 2013.
SSIRP holds its 1st Pageant of Bands fundraiser
Sherburne’s annual Pageant of Bands on Saturday, June 1, was another great success. The day was a knock-out: sunny skies and light breeze, although hot was the watch word. The bands performed, the crowds cheered, porch celebrations prevailed, and people in this village came out en masse to enjoy for the 64th year an event that is a hallmark of our community.
Save The Sherburne Inn Restoration Project (SSIRP) held its first Pageant of Bands fundraiser on The Sherburne Inn lawn. Sales of popcorn, water, coffee, Judy’s Diner donuts, tee shirts, and more raised over $1,100. Special thanks to Pamme Swan, who donated her time and musical talents to entertain those downtown as they waited for the parade to begin. “Anything for The Sherburne Inn,” she said. Angela Jones of Sherburne was the winner of our 50/50 raffle, and Angela has generously donated her winnings back to SSIRP. Thank you Angela! SSIRP appreciates all who purchased tee shirts on June 1. If you would like to purchase a preserve history tee shirt, email email@example.com. We have shirts in the following sizes: S, M, L, XL, XXL, $15 each with all proceeds to SSIRP.
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The Sherburne Inn Hits The Airwaves
On Wednesday, May 1, a crew from Mohawk Valley Living took a tour through The Inn in preparation for a feature on SSIRP’s project. SSIRP board members met with producer Sharry Whitney and host Richard Enders, while a cameraman filmed interior and exterior shots of the building. Our own Rose Tenney, SSIRP Board Secretary, was interviewed for the piece which aired on Sunday, May 5, on WFXV 33, as well as WUTR.
Mohawk Valley Living is a weekly television show that explores the arts, entertainment, culture, and heritage of the greater Mohawk Valley region of New York State. It is broadcast 3 times a week on Utica’s NBC affiliate, WKTV. It is owned and produced by Lance and Sharry Whitney and is hosted by actor and playwright, Richard Enders.
Thank you to Mohawk Valley Living for covering “good news” news!
Breaking News! It’s Official!!
The Sherburne Inn is Ours!!!
As of Thursday, April 25, 2013, The Sherburne Inn Is Ours!!! Today
SSIRP closed on the purchase of The Inn, which will be brought back to
this remarkable community of people who have donated time, money, and
effort in saving it. Our next steps will be to move forward with
continued fundraising in Sherburne and in the surrounding communities,
and to reach out to corporations, family foundations, grants, and
individuals from around the country who have shown interest in this
project. We need help from everyone to restore and reopen this historic
property, and to make it better than it ever was before.
In the coming weeks SSIRP will call on volunteers and others, and will
begin the planning, restoration, and renovation process. We ask for
your patience as work kicks off.
This will be a long road, but the first huge step has been taken:
ownership of a building that means so much to this village, and to its
THANK YOU to everyone who has donated funds up to this point. It is not
an understatement to say that your contributions have enabled us to buy
the building. Without the donations received so far, purchase would not
have been possible. Please do what you can to donate time and services
— as well as funding — and share this post with all of your social
networking and other contacts. Our reach needs to be far and wide in
letting people know that historic buildings can be saved if citizens
band together to make it happen.
Our journey has begun. Join us!
To donate to Save The Sherburne Inn Restoration Project, send your tax
deductible donation to:
Sherburne, NY 13460
OR click the “Contribute” link above to pay securely by credit card.
SSIRP’s efforts have caught the attention of the National Trust for Historic Preservation. Please visit the link below to see our story, published on the Preservation Nation blog.
SSIRP is pleased to announce that we have received approval of our 501(c)(3) tax exempt status from the IRS. Our nonprofit status qualifies SSIRP to accept tax deductible contributions to the organization.
Our application, which was submitted in late January, was approved on February 27, 2013. We were advised by our financial consultants that approval could take from three to six months; SSIRP is delighted that the application was in fact approved in less than 30 days.
Donations received on or after SSIRP’s incorporation date of January 16 are deductible to the fullest extent of the law.
Our sincere thanks to those of you who have donated thus far, and thanks in advance to those whose future donations will help us turn the lights back on in downtown Sherburne!
SSIRP Reaches Goal, Moves Forward To Closing!
The Save The Sherburne Inn Restoration Project (SSIRP) has reached its goal in raising the purchase price for acquiring The Sherburne Inn, and will now proceed to closing.
“We’re very grateful to owner Jim Webb for giving citizens of this community the opportunity to save and restore the building,” Kathleen Yasas, President of SSIRP, said. “Our goal from the beginning was to do the right thing for Sherburne in preserving Sherburne’s anchor corner. We realize hard work is ahead in raising funds for restoration and renovation. Our board members and volunteers are ready to roll up their sleeves and, with the help of the community and other patrons, feel confident we can turn the lights back on in downtown Sherburne.”
Plans for the restored Inn include a restaurant, two bars, guest rooms, and event space as well as other amenities such as a gift shop, fitness center, and bakery.
“The SSIRP board extends its heartfelt thanks to all the volunteers who have offered to help and who have been contributing to this project since October, and especially to those who have donated funds to help us make this first important step,” Ms. Yasas said. “We look forward to working with the residents of Sherburne and our village leaders on this exciting community project.”
On Monday, February 25, Jim Webb said, “I couldn’t be happier with the outcome, and I really look forward to seeing the Inn flourish again.” Mr. Webb added that he is happy to extend the first right of refusal on the adjacent former Big M property to SSIRP.
To donate to Saving The Inn, please make your check payable to Save The Sherburne Inn Restoration Project and mail to POB 1102, Sherburne, NY 13460, or pay by credit card on this site by clicking the “contribute” link.
Mark your calendars! Gilligan’s Island of Sherburne will be hosting a fundraiser for our Save The Sherburne Inn Restoration Project (SSIRP) on Monday, March 4. Andy Lagoe of Gilligan’s reached out to SSIRP said he and brother Mike, owners of Gilligan’s, want to become part of this exciting community project.
When making dinner plans on Monday, March 4, please consider stopping by Gilligan’s between 4:00-8:00 p.m., and mention to your server that you’re in support of saving The Inn. Andy reports that Gilligan’s will donate 20% of any food purchased from 4-8, including ice cream, to SSIRP.
Thanks to Andy and Mike, who like so many others
in Sherburne know what small towns are all about!
The Save The Sherburne Inn Restoration Project was formed because we, the concerned citizens of Sherburne, believe in both the future of this historic building and of our community. We do not want to revisit the past; rather, we hope to preserve history while moving forward economically. This is what small towns are all about…neighbors coming together doing what they can in however small or large ways, and bringing about meaningful change that will affect the lifeblood of our village for generations.