COMMUNITY CENTER

10 Blenheim Presbyterian Church_Credit Jack Healy_Ryan-Biggs Associates
Future Home of Blenheim Community Cultural Center

The INDOOR YARD SALE is open – come visit – proceeds benefit funding efforts to rehab and improve the building.

To assist with the revitalization after the flooding of Hurricane Irene, FEMA helped a volunteer citizen group of Blenheim residents (via the FEMA ESF-14 program) create the Blenheim Long Term Community Recovery Plan.  (see copy of document under BLTCR Committee link)

One of the many projects and initiatives identified and borne out of the LTCR Plan was the need and development of a Community Cultural Center.  The program Champion was Gail Shaffer.  The Plan further identified the former Blenheim Presbyterian Church as a potential site.

During the summer of 2013, BLTCR Chairman, Don Airey contacted the Blenheim-Breakabeen Presbyterian Church Pastor Bob Kendall with the concept of donating the Church back to Blenheim.  After several meeting, Pastor Kendall and the Church Board of Trustees agreed to the negotiated transfer of the Blenheim Presbyterian Church building back to the Town of Blenheim.

Resident attorney and 2014 Town Supervisor Shawn Smith donated his time to handle the real estate closing of the property transfer.

On April 7, 2014, the final paperwork was signed for the transfer, beginning the re-birth of this historic building.  The Town of Blenheim and the BLTCRC acknowledges the gracious and generous return of the Church building to Blenheim by the Breakabeen Presbyterian Church.

Efforts will begin to clean up the debris left in the building and begin fund raising and volunteer efforts necessary to transform this unique Greek Revival style building into a multi-purpose Community Cultural Center.

The Town of Blenheim and the BLTCR Committee has been awarded a $3,000 Technical Assistance Grant from the Preservation League in cooperation with NYSCA for a structural and engineering study.  The Town of Blenheim will be responsible for a $500 contribution toward this grant.

As this process begins, the BLTCR Committee and the Community Center Committee is seeking interested volunteers to become involved in this exciting endeavor.

If you are interested in being part of this restoration and improvement, the BLTCR meets every other Thursday, Town Hall, 10 a.m.  Upcoming meetings are June 12, June 26, July 10, July 24, etc.  For more information, contact Chairman Don Airey, 518-294-6066 or e-mail us at info@blenheimny.org