Wed 30 Mar 2011
By Melissa Daniels, staff writer Messenger Post
Posted Mar 29, 2011
Canandaigua, N.Y. —
Further action is being taken toward turning the historic Cheshire Grange Hall into the Cheshire Meeting Hall, as the Town Board formally declared its support for the project last night.
Fred Goodnow, George Herren and Jill Pollack of the Cheshire Community Action Team gave a presentation on the proposed meeting hall and the progress taken in the past four years. The former Grange Hall on Route 21 was purchased by the non-profit back in 2009 with the intent of turning it into a social center for youth programs, clubs, theater and music, among other uses.
The board then passed a resolution declaring support for the project, including offering assistance with an application for the state’s Main Street grant program. Fundraising, Goodnow said, is the next step, with a goal of $500,000.
Goodnow said the town’s partnership will be essential for the renovation, as it needs to approve architectural designs as well as ensure proper zoning and parking regulations are in place.
“It means everything,” he said. “We can’t move ahead with the project without a partnership.”
Cheshire resident Kevin Broomfield came to meeting in support of the project and all the work that’s been done to establish it, he said.
“There’s a lot more behind this than are here tonight, who want to donate their time,” he said. Town Supervisor Sam Casella said he remembers the Grange from when he was growing up in Cheshire, when it was a hub of social activity.
“It really is a historically significant building,” Casella said. “Many, many generations used that building … and it’s really worthy of saving.”
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