Design of Bolton Landing Visitors Center Unveiled
The design for Bolton Landing’s new Visitors Center is now available for the public’s inspection and review.
The designs will be displayed at the Town Hall, the Library and on the town’s website, said Supervisor Ron Conover.
Funded with support from a $350,000 state grant, the new building will replace the Bolton Chamber of Commerce’s office and the rest rooms in Rogers Park.
Construction is expected to start in the fall of 2015, after the public has had a chance to comment and the Town Board gives its final approval, said Conover.
Last summer, the Board gave its conceptual approval to the project after viewing preliminary designs by the LA Group and JMZ architects, the firms that developed plans with an advisory committee composed of representatives of the Historical Society, the library and the town’s residents and the Chamber of Commerce.
According Tenee Rehm Cassacio, a managing principal of JMZ Architects and a Bolton native,
the advisory committee chose a design for a Visitors Center that will evoke a Great Camp by linking Chamber offices, rest rooms and a gazebo by porches and walk ways.
The Visitors Center will be situated closer to Main Street than the existing building, both to align it with the street’s commercial buildings and to provide an entrance on the street.
“The purpose of the Visitors Center and the Chamber office is to invite people into the community, and a Main Street entrance re-enforces that message,” said Cassacio.
An entrance to Rogers Park from Main Street will also be developed to make the park more inviting and accessible, said Cassacio.
In addition to razing the rest room building, the monuments and memorials “will be sensitively re-located,” said Cassacio.
“We’re treating Rogers Park as a single, unified campus,” said Cassacio. Rain gardens, for instance, will be installed to visually enhance the park as well as to treat storm water and educate visitors about some of the simple methods available to combat pollution.
A new entrance to the Bolton Historical Museum and its proposed addition will be united by a walkway with a central plaza and the Visitors Center, said Tim Larson of the LA Group.