Bolton Supervisor Says Time is Right for Moving Forward on Next Big Projects
Re-elected to a third, two-year term in November, Bolton Supervisor Ron Conover said he is looking forward to “an interesting, even exciting year.”
“Financially, the town is in great shape, so we’re well-positioned to think about moving forward with some big projects. We’re not there yet – we have to bring everyone together – but we’re getting there,” said Conover.
Among those projects is the construction of a new Visitors Center and an addition to the Bolton Historical Museum. Both sites are in Rogers Park.
Conover said Town officials were encouraged by the December announcement that Bolton had been awarded a $350,000 state grant to help fund the next phase of the revitalization of Rogers Park.
The grant will help pay for the new Visitors Center, which will be similar in function if not in size to the facility in Lake George Village, said Conover.
“The Visitors Center would serve as a gateway, not only to Bolton Landing, but to much of the region,” said Conover.
The building will be owned by the Town of Bolton but operated by the Bolton Landing Chamber of Commerce, which will put its offices there.
Conover said the town will host workshops to discuss how the new Visitors Center and the expanded museum can be integrated into a well-designed, more inviting park.
He added that he will meet soon with the board of directors of the Bolton Historical Society to discuss the Town Board’s potential role in funding the museum’s expansion.
“Since the Town of Bolton owns the museum building, it only makes sense for the Town Board to discuss playing some role in helping to pay for the addition,” said Conover.
“We’ve passed resolutions supporting the expansion of the museum, and if we can help bring the project to fruition, that will be a good thing,” he said.
Conover said that the town’s contribution would “build upon the wonderful fundraising efforts by the Bolton Historical Society’s Board of Directors and the Friends of the Bolton Historical Museum.”
According to Historical Society board member Ted Caldwell, approximately $150,000 has been raised for the addition thus far.
Caldwell said that almost $30,000 was raised by the Friends of the Bolton Historical Museum, a group of younger residents who organized a committee last year to support the new wing.
The organization’s most recent event, a Historic Home Tour that took place in September, earned roughly $4,000.
The 1,800 square foot gable and timber frame wing, which will be connected by a vestibule to the existing building, a church built in 1890, is expected to cost $700,000.
Galia Solomonoff, the founder and creative director of Solomonoff Architecture Studio who is best known for overseeing the conversion of a 1929 Nabisco box-printing factory into a daylight-only museum for the Dia Art Foundation in Beacon, New York, is the architect of record.
Ruben Caldwell, the Bolton Central School graduate who designed the wing with Leigh Salem, his partner in the Brooklyn-based firm Studio Tack, will work with Solomonoff.
Other improvements to the park to be at least partially funded by the $350,000 state grant include a new dock at the park’s north end, landscaping and storm water management systems, Conover said.