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Workshop to explore how to revitalize villages

Filling upper stories a key factor

The former Tamarack Shop in uptown Warrensburg is typical of historic multi-story buildings populating Adirondack-region villages and cities. Filling the upper floors with families boosts the opportunity for a vibrant downtown life full of cultural attractions, busy shops, a sustainable lifestyle — and plenty of year-round jobs.
A day-long workshop Monday Sept. 10 in Keeseville, titled “Enhancing Main Street: Making Upper Floors Work Again," features experts in municipal planning presenting tips on how to make it happen.

The former Tamarack Shop in uptown Warrensburg is typical of historic multi-story buildings populating Adirondack-region villages and cities. Filling the upper floors with families boosts the opportunity for a vibrant downtown life full of cultural attractions, busy shops, a sustainable lifestyle — and plenty of year-round jobs. A day-long workshop Monday Sept. 10 in Keeseville, titled “Enhancing Main Street: Making Upper Floors Work Again," features experts in municipal planning presenting tips on how to make it happen. Photo by Thom Randall.

— Many downtowns throughout the Adirondacks have historic multi-story buildings that in the early 20th century were filled with families — providing vibrant downtown life — but are now vacant.

The challenge of how to fill up those vacancies and regain such an ambiance downtown is the subject of a day-long workshop Monday Sept. 10 in the Ausable Valley Grange in Keeseville.

The workshop, “Enhancing Main Street: Making Upper Floors Work Again," brings together experts in community revitalization.

The free session, from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., addresses rehabilitation, building code and financial strategies with proven results for bringing upper floors back to productive use.

In some cases the NYS Preservation League, the agency sponsoring the workshop, has provided grants for demonstration projects.

For details or to register, contact Adirondack Architectural Heritage, Inc. of Keeseville at 834-9328 or see: www.aarch.org.

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