10 Years at Tannery Pond

Construction begins on the Tannery Pond Community Center.

Construction begins on the Tannery Pond Community Center. Photo provided

— Robert Zilch, who lived at Garnet Lake with his family before they moved to Queensbury, was selected as the architect for the new Tannery Pond Community Center. Bob had previously worked on the restoration of the North Creek Train Depot and the expansion of the Town of Johnsburg Library.

One of Bob’s most memorable memories of Tannery Pond was driving to the site for his third or fourth job site visit. As he was driving north, he heard on the radio that a plane had struck the World Trade Center. And then another. It was Sept. 11, 2001. Most of us remember where we were when we first heard of the attack on the World Trade Center. Bob Zilch was headed to work at the Tannery Pond construction site in North Creek.

By September of 2001, the old Alexander’s Garage had been torn down and official groundbreaking was on the bright overcast afternoon of May 24. Initially there was concern that digging deep into the steep bank might unearth problems with groundwater or springs, but that didn’t happen. An extensive water migration system was installed nevertheless, as well as a significant retaining wall. Helped by unusually warm temperatures in the 50s and 60s well into January, work progressed briskly and, V & H Construction, the general contractor, was able to get the building’s roof on and the building fully enclosed by February.

The steep bank enabled the building to feature a two-story tall auditorium yet have the appearance of only one story along Main Street and thus not overwhelm the buildings around it. The core of the building was designed for receptions and a gathering place for people before and after concerts. The back wall of the foyer is a large wall of windows overlooking the North Creek stream. Looking down at the stream from those windows one can easily imagine that they were on an Adirondack ridge rather than in the vibrant community center in town.

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