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December 03, 2016
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Bid placed on Narrowsburg school; Solution Project makes offer, has big plans

The Solution Project recently placed a bid for the vacant Narrowsburg school building.
TRR photo by Isabel Braverman

Grossman points to the advantages of the building. “It’s got the infrastructure capacity, it’s got the utilities that we need, it’s got the location, and it’s already considered a local gathering place as a school, so it makes sense to convert this and adaptively re-use it,” she said.

The school is listed at $700,000 by John Hector Realty. The Solution Project’s bid is confidential. It is now in the Sullivan West school board’s hands to decide whether or not to sell the school to this organization.

In addition to the USDA grant, on May 10 TSP submitted a Consolidated Funding Application to the Mid Hudson Regional Economic Development Council under Governor Cuomo’s strategic plan, which could garner up to $500,000 to be utilized for adaptive reuse of the building.

The TSP board will meet at the end of May. After that, probably in July, a stakeholder meeting will be held to include anyone who wants to be involved. Grossman envisions many people from the community getting involved, from farmers, to chefs to hotels and more. “We want to bring all those people to the table and say, ‘Hey, look what we’re creating; what do you need?’” she said. “What kind of kitchen do you need for your grandmother’s jam recipe?”

She said TSP wants to start “a dialogue around how we can create these great partnerships, and how this school can serve as that platform for collaboration.”