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Lynne Parks ‘68 SUNY Cortland Alumni House Receives $500K Grant


A grant totaling half a million dollars was awarded to the Lynne Parks ‘68 SUNY Cortland Alumni House on Tompkins Street in the City of Cortland. The grant was announced by Governor Kathy Hochul as part of the state’s Recreation and Historic Preservation projects.

The Alumni House was one of over 70 projects awarded, totaling more than $28 million dollars. The money came from the state funded Environmental Protection Fund.

“This is wonderful recognition for the university’s Alumni Association,” said SUNY Cortland President Erik J. Bitterbaum. “The Parks Alumni House has served as an impressive events facility for many years, and this award will help with necessary accessibility improvements while maintaining the historic charm of the building. I am elated that this venue will continue to shine for our Cortland graduates as well as our local community.”

For the Alumni House, the grant will go towards the restoration of the terrace veranda entrance to the building, which was constructed in 1912. The project will also address safety and accessibility issues and the continued economic viability of the building as a landmark for community gatherings, and an educational source of community pride.

“This grant is transformative. It will allow us to make the capital repairs needed to maintain our historical integrity while the Lynne Parks ’68 SUNY Cortland Alumni House continues to serve as the Cortland home for our more than 80,000 living alumni, a venue for university meetings and gatherings and as a premiere event facility in our community.” Erin Boylan, Executive Director of the SUNY Cortland Alumni Association said in a statement provided to X101 News. “We are so thankful to New York state, the Regional Economic Development Council program and the Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation department for their support. It will allow generations of SUNY Cortland students, alumni and community members to enjoy this magnificent structure.”

The Parks Alumni House is listed in both the local and national Tompkins/Main Street National Historic District.

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