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"Christine threw her whole heart and soul into this," he said. "She grew up on Cold Springs Road and graduated from Liverpool High School, and she really understood the importance of this project to the village...And Jay Bernardt [the CEO of JGB] really understands the value and virtue of what it means to be from Upstate New York."

JGB Properties has remodeled historic structures across Upstate. Bernhardt rehabilitated the Red Mill Inn in Baldwinsville, the Hotel Clarence in Seneca Falls, an old fire station in Syracuse and several mixed-use buildings in Richfield Springs.

The Liverpool building dates back to 1863 when Liverpool dry goods dealer William Manly is believed to have erected a new brick building at 401 First St. The building was expanded at 403 First circa 1872 with a matching Italianate exterior design. Over the years, the structure has housed general stores, The Lakeside Press, YMCA meeting rooms, a dentist's office and a pool hall, a Nash automobile dealership and Nichols grocery store. More recently, the building was home to the Olde Liverpool Shoppes.

As village historian, Gutierrez appreciates the renovation, but she's also a neighbor.

"Selfishly speaking, as a First Street neighbor I'm so glad to see a neighborhood landmark evolve from a liability to an asset. We love our neighborhood down here. I welcome our new neighbors, and hope they enjoy it as much as we do."

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