November Update

Today the focus of the community center remains the same. However, based on the current economic climate the board is in the process developing a plan with several phases that will allow the project to unfold throughout the next couple of years at a fraction of the cost.

 

 

The board has agreed on a concept for the facility, celebrating the local heritage of Yates County’s farming community. The building will be built around a locally resourced 150 year old hand-hewn barn frame, carefully disassembled and relocated to the Community Center Complex. The post-and-beam structure will be fully exposed throughout the 2,500 square foot main level. Outfitted with sliding barn doors and a metal standing-seam roof, the building will appear as a renovated barn, with an exterior clad in natural cedar siding.

 

The new facility is being designed with the help of Penn Yan resident Tom Johnson, a designer experienced in relocating, restoring, and incorporating historic antique barn structures into re-purposed buildings. In addition to working internationally, Johnson has built several local residential and commercial buildings, featured in local and national publications. Johnson will help manage the barn raising process, working with Benton Builders a local Mennonite builder.  They will erect the antique structure and also help complete the building. In addition, YCRR will be seeking bids from other local contractors for many other aspects of the building.

As YCRR moves forward its vision of the complex is to connect past efforts with the current plan in order to create the new community complex.   The new plan allows YCRR to uphold its original intention by satisfying many of the identified needs of our community at a much lower cost.  The plan, as with the original, does not include using tax payer dollars.

The mission of YCRR will be accomplished with the support and cooperation of key community partners and the entire community joining in to make the long time dream a reality.  Together the community will build an architecturally pleasing, 5000+ square foot multiuse structure, purchase a concession trailer and complete fields and trails with a storage pavilion with restrooms on 14 acres of land in the village of Penn Yan, N.Y.   As a not-for-profit we will use memberships and dues, volunteer support, space rental, concessions, fund raising, private funding sources, grant writing and sound management practices to build and sustain this operation.

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