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MARK Project’s 2015 Consolidated Funding Applications

The MARK Project will be submitting Consolidated Funding Applications for the following:

Community Kitchen Project:

Project Description:
This project is for the development of a community kitchen space to be located in the north barn of Kirkside Park, which is located on the East Branch of the Delaware River in the Town of Roxbury. Kirkside Park is a municipally owned and operated public park and community facility. The community kitchen is a means by which the local municipality can partner with area farms, local bakers, and artisanal food producers to enable them to prepare and package their goods for resale in a certified kitchen space. This kitchen will be certified by the NY State Department of Health and Ag and Markets to allow for all levels of processing and packaging for resale. The kitchen will be fully equipped with appropriate sanitary and refrigeration-freezer equipment as well as inspected workspaces and storage. It will be rented to the producer at a nominal and affordable fee either by the hour, the half-day or day to ensure the local farmer or producer can gain full benefit of supplementing their income through resale of their products. In addition, this extends the local growers’ income season substantially through the ability to freeze and pickle crops for winter resale.

Jay Gould Memorial Reformed Church Restoration Project

Project Description:
The Jay Gould Memorial Reformed Church Restoration Project included a comprehensive set of restorative and efficiency components. The Church plans to perform:
• an extensive re-pointing and repair of all four exterior elevations of the St. Lawrence marble masonry;
• the installation of a new, efficient bio-mass heating system;
• the restoration of the deteriorating Maintland-Armstrong stained glass windows in the western transept; and
• the advance monitoring of the existing Tiffany windows in the central transept.
The Project is critical to the long-term preservation of the monumental structure and anchor of the Roxbury Historic District. In the absence of outside funding assistance, the architectural and structural integrity of this important building could be compromised or possibly endangered.

Regional Main Street Revitalization Program

Project Description:
The MARK Project Inc. is applying to NY State Homes and Community Renewal for a Regional NY Main Street Program, which can include rehabilitation to groups of buildings on our Main Streets in the hamlets of Andes, Roxbury, Grand Gorge, Arkville, Halcottsville, Pine Hill and the Villages of Fleischmanns and Margaretville. This is a new approach to Main Street revitalization that we feel has great validity for our small rural communities. If this application is successful, funding will be limited so not every community will see funded projects in this round. However, the Regional approach will give us opportunities to continue to solicit additional funding for Main Street Revitalization in future grant rounds, so that hopefully all the projects identified during this process will eventually be able to participate. For this round (if the application is successful), projects will be chosen by designating roughly contiguous blocks of properties in each community and by the readiness of the business owners in these designated areas to participate and finance their share of the project costs.