A few years ago, the city received a SAM (State Aid Municipal) Grant from then New York State Senator John Bonacic to prepare plans to for a Community, Recreation and Evacuation Center on the Farnum Property located at 21 Ulster Place in the City of Port Jervis (8-4-1).
Built in 1850, the Farnum House has historical significance with its featured widow’s peak and architectural design. Samuel Farnum built the home and his business involvement in the community helping to shape and define Port Jervis. After the house was gifted and conveyed to the City of Port Jervis on January 18, 1937 with the deeded stipulation that the house be named the “Samuel Bernard Farnum Memorial.” It is to only be used for municipal administrative, community center, park or for the use to benefit the people. It goes on to state that “…said party (the city) shall maintain in proper the attractive condition the said premises (including the residence building and grounds) and shall neither use nor permit the use of the same for any other than municipal administrative purposes or the or the establishment of a Community Center or park for the use and benefit of the people of the City of Port Jervis…” Keeping this in mind, the Architectural firm of Anderson Design Group was hired to come up with a plan to rehabilitate the Farnum House and to construct a Community, Recreation and Evacuation Center.
Why a Community Center? A Community Center offers local area clubs and organizations the ability to use a facility to hold meetings or events that can aid their enhancement of the community.
Why a Recreation Center? The current Recreation Center on Pike Street offers very little in the way of Recreation and no outside activities. Moving the Recreation Center to the Farnum facility would allow for expanded recreational programs inside and out. Additionally, it offers growth in space to allow other after school, latch key and summer programs to flourish.
Why an Evacuation Center? Currently if there is an emergency in the City of Port Jervis, the city has no where to put displaced residents. The school district has designated Hamilton Bicentennial Elementary School 7.8 miles north of the city as a shelter location. Our citizens deserve a location that would assist them in a time of need and this project will provide the necessary facility for short term protection that can offer approximately 250 cots.
The Port Jervis Community Center and Evacuation Site: The existing 6,984 square foot historic residence “Samuel Bernard Farnum Memorial” is currently used as a makeshift community activity center on the first floor with partial municipal offices on the second floor. While maintaining the historic character of the structure, the first floor will be moderately altered and renovated to more effectively serve as an accessible public community space for our seniors, smaller clubs as well as a homework and quiet space. It will include a commercial kitchen and municipal offices as well. The second and third floors will be renovated and fully utilized for smaller event spaces and additional municipal offices. The intent is to do the minimal amount of work required to develop the spaces for the requested program and preserve the existing historic integrity of the building. In addition to an elevator being installed to allow for accessibility to all three floors, a glass connecting corridor will be designed to join the existing building to a new Emergency Management and Evacuation structure, which is to be constructed on the property.
The new 13,000 square foot Community, Recreation, Emergency Management and Evacuation Center potentially named after the city’s first recreation director Frank Lehn, will serve as an emergency center in times of a disaster and will provide accessible toilet and bathing facilities, emergency management offices with sub-dividable 5,700 square foot cot-style group sleeping area and ancillary spaces. Centrally located within the city and out of the flood zone, it will be connected to the public water and sewer system. The entire facility will be able to be powered by a redundant whole-building generator. The facility will serve as an active multi-use community space and will include a recreation lounge, multi-use sports court, exterior accessible park restrooms and management offices.
The cost: Building Estimate: $6,023,175.00
Renovation Estimate: $1,418, 559.00
Site Estimate: $589,048.00
Total: $8,030,782.00 + 20% (Furniture, Fixtures, AV components, IT Systems, Security
Systems and Automation Systems = $9,636,938.40 (2020 cost)
Funding: No funding is currently in place.
Although New York State has stopped grants for 2020 and 2021, the federal government has not. The city qualifies for a current grant of 66% with the rest as a low interest loan from the USDA. The city also belongs to Patterns for Progress that advises to have shovel ready projects as we leave this pandemic due to the fact that additional grants are traditionally given to these projects to help jump start the economy.
Before you are a presentation of explanation, drawing and concept.
Over the next month (until September 10, 2020) we would like your input. If there is a major change input, we will look at those changes and discuss them with the design group. Please send your comments to email@example.com.
We would present changes at the September 14, 2020 Council Meeting and ask the Council to approve the project at the September 28, 2020 Council Meeting allowing the city to begin to seek funding for this project.
Below are renderings for your perusal: