SHERBURNE – The nonprofit, Save the Sherburne Inn Restoration Project (SSIRP), will begin the restoration of The Sherburne Inn this year, after receiving the first of two $500,000 grants.
SSIRP was first awarded $500,000 in Dec. of 2013 through the NYS Department of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation, after applying for the program's economic development grant. Governor Andrew Cuomo started the program to boost economic development in rural areas of the state, and it has awarded millions of dollars to different projects, including eight projects in Chenango County. Despite SSIRP being one of the eight projects chosen, renovations for The Sherburne Inn could not begin immediately because the contract for the grant was not executed until Dec. 4, 2014.
President of the SSIRP Board of Directors, Kathleen Yasas said, “We were very excited when we got the news of the grant award in December 2013, but we 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.”
After the execution of the contract for the initial 500K grant, SSIRP was awarded another $500,000 economic development grant for the restoration of The Sherburne Inn on Dec. 11, 2014. Like with the first grant, SSIRP does not know when they will receive the funds for the second grant, but they are moving forward with the restoration of the outside of the building.
“It's pretty exciting. They awarded us a million dollars in the last 12 months,” said Yasas. “We plan to start construction in the spring.”
According to the estimate of different architects, the total restoration will cost approximately $3,000,000. Yasas said they will be able to start on the outside of the building with the first half a million dollars granted and start on the inside of the building with the second half a million dollars.