General Contractor Hired, Phase II Interior Work to Begin at Sherburne Inn

[August 1, 2019] Save The Sherburne Inn Restoration Project, Inc. (SSIRP), has announced that McPherson Builders of Ithaca has been hired as the general contractor for Phase II restoration of The Sherburne Inn, which will include interior work on the century-old building. Work is expected to begin in August and will include renovation/restoration of the first floor and sections of the basement.

In July, SSIRP representatives met with Senator James Seward at the Inn to discuss forward planning.

“Senator Seward has been very supportive of the project, and we appreciate his taking the time to visit Sherburne for updates,” SSIRP President Kathleen Yasas said. Regarding the start of interior work, Yasas added, “We’ll be glad to get things moving again.”

Conceptualized as an economic driver for Sherburne and for the surrounding area, SSIRP plans to reopen The Inn with guest rooms, event space, conference space, a farm-to-table restaurant and bar, a tavern, and retail space.

“Now that construction on the inside is beginning, we’ll be offering sponsorship opportunities to individuals and corporations,” Yasas said. “Those opportunities will allow interested parties to have their names – or the names of their family and loved ones – permanently identified with this restoration effort. Watch the website for details.”

SSIRP is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization. All donations to SSIRP are deductible to the fullest extent allowed by law.

Phase II of The Sherburne Inn project goes out to bid

[May 9, 2019 – Sherburne, NY] Phase II of The Sherburne Inn project, which includes restoration of the main floor and a portion of the basement, went out to bid today. General contractors are requested to have their bids in by June 6.

“We’re not sure when construction will begin,” SSIRP President Kathleen Yasas said. “That will depend upon the work schedule of the GC we select. But we’re very excited to be moving forward.”

SSIRP Preparing to Go Out to Bid

[March 29, 2019 – Sherburne, NY] The bid package for Phase II of The Sherburne Inn project has been completed by Syracuse architects Crawford & Stearns and is under review. Once our grantors give their approval, SSIRP will go out to bid for construction/restoration on the Inn’s interior. Stay tuned!

Photo caption: March 1916, following the destruction by fire of The Sherburne House, and pre-Sherburne Inn construction, looking north from South Main Street.


$1,000,000 Awarded to Sherburne Inn Project by Restore New York, Round 5

[March 26, 2018 – Sherburne, NY] New York State Governor Andrew Cuomo announced today that the Restore New York Communities Initiative Round 5 will award one million dollars to the Town of Sherburne on behalf of Save The Sherburne Inn Restoration Project (SSIRP). The grant is part of 80 million dollars in funding awarded to New York State’s rehabilitation efforts. The Town of Sherburne, spearheaded by Town Supervisor Charles Mastro, acted as the lead agency for the grant request for The Sherburne Inn.

Mr. Mastro was informed of the award by a call from Senator James Seward.

“The Town of Sherburne is extremely grateful for being awarded the grant, and is excited about how this funding will change Sherburne’s downtown historic district,” Mastro said. “On behalf of myself and the Sherburne Town Board, we congratulate SSIRP and extend sincere thanks to the Restore New York program.”

“Five years ago in April, SSIRP’s volunteer board of directors purchased the Inn with the hope that we could raise funds to restore and reopen this historic building,” SSIRP President Kathleen Yasas said upon hearing the news. “Thanks to this grant, we can now fully match our second half million dollar grant from New York State Parks, and will have an additional $50,000 committed to us by the Howard K. Finch Memorial Fund. In bottom line numbers, this means that SSIRP will have at its disposal $1.6 million to proceed with the project. This amount includes our own required grant match of $100,000. We can’t thank Charlie Mastro and the Sherburne Town Board enough for helping us as lead agency to make the Restore New York grant possible.”

In 2015, SSIRP began work on the exterior of the Inn with funds from its first $500,000 matching grant from NYS Department of Parks, Recreation, and Historic Preservation. SSIRP was required to provide a 31% match, which it accomplished through community fundraising and matching grants from NBT and Chobani.

“The community support has been, in a word, phenomenal,” Yasas said. “This includes individuals and corporations from Sherburne and surrounding villages, former Sherburne residents, friends of the SSIRP board, and everyone else who supported fundraisers and who sent us donations from five dollars to five thousand dollars. The truth is Save The Sherburne Inn Restoration Project could not have survived to this point without every single one of those contributions.”

With the new grant and the subsequent release of other grant funds, SSIRP will now move forward with restoration of the interior of the building, which includes the west-side elevator addition.

“Stay tuned,” Yasas said. “There’s going to be some exciting activity on the anchor corner of Sherburne.

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 Sherburne Inn, opened in 1917, is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

The project coincides with several of the focal points of the State’s economic development priorities: downtown revitalization, historic preservation, tourism, and local agriculture.