State Senator James L. Seward (R/C/I-Oneonta) Tuesday joined the Mayor and other officials from the Village of Homer to announce a $150,000 state grant to fund the purchase and renovation of the former Lackawanna Railroad freighthouse for use as the new Homer Village Hall.
Seward told WXHC that “Local village officials are on the front lines when it comes to assisting residents with day-to-day issues and it is important to ensure they have a professional working environment.”
Senator Seward said the project allows the village to “repurpose a piece of local history.”
Homer Mayor Genevieve Suits expressed her gratitude to Senator Seward for his support of the village hall project.
The $150,000 capital grant secured by Senator Seward through the State and Municipal Facilities Program will be used along with $272,000 the village has saved, to purchase and renovate the historic Lackawanna Railroad freighthouse located at 44 James Street. It is across the railroad tracks from the Homer Police station.
Deputy Mayor Gene Smith, who is head of the Board of Trustees’ Building Committee says the depot provides the village with more than 3,000 square feet of office space, more than tripling the amount of space at the current office location.
The new building will include office space, a meeting room, and secure storage space which will enable the storage of records and other village materials now housed at three rented storage areas.
The project must first be recommended by the Trustees’ Building Committee and approved by the full Board. Work on the project could begin on January 1st, 2017.