Crumbling down

"Many, thanks to Dudley Johnson of Cazenovia Restoration Corp. for his magnanimous gift to the village," Dougherty said.

After the math is done, it looks like taxpayers might have to come up with something in the neighborhood of $700,000. The village, the Carpenter Estate Preservation Committee and the Cazenovia Preservation Foundation has embarked on a fundraising campaign.

"We are hoping that our grant applications will be approved and we hope when the time comes that the community will be able to help us with the 20 percent matching funds," Dougherty said.

The Carpenter Estate Preservation Committee was formed in 2007 to assess and address the project of rehabilitating the property.

"The Carpenter Estate, established in 1831, has been a source of pride to the community," Dougherty said. "With the proper care it will remain so for generations to come."

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