Skaneateles Historical Society's board member, David Miller, came before the village board on Monday Feb. 28 asking for a resolution in support of a future project. The project is additional expansion that the SHS isn't quite ready for, as it is still in the midst of its boat museum, gift shop and research center renovations. Miller said they have almost all the funds needed to complete the current project that is slated to open in early summer.
This new project involves the neighboring garage property at 22 Hannum Street, which is owned by Ron Fisher, who sold the SHS the other two properties that now make up the Creamery Museum. The SHS has a legal right of first refusal on this property, and would like to purchase it in the future for additional parking.
Fisher recently approached the SHS board and said he is getting ready to sell, as he is getting older and is tiring of managing the property, which hosts a couple of apartments with renters..
Miller said after meeting with Mayor Bob Green the SHS is looking into possible grants, using the same grant writer as the village. This is Jeff Brown of McKenzie Hughes. Brown recommended to the SHS to gather a resolution from the village and the tow in favor of this future expansion of the Creamery Museum. He said this would be helpful to have during the grant writing process.
The current SHS expansion, as well as this new proposal come at no cost to the taxpayers, other than to take the properties on Hannum Street off the tax roles.
"We aren't asking for taxpayers support,"Miller said,"but we want village approval."
The SHS would tear down a poorly maintained building, and create green space and parking.
Miller said the benefits of this future expansion would be: