[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 in the coming months.
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.