The Thorne Building Community Center
Asbestos abatement begins at Thorne Building.
The Village of Millbrook transfers ownership of the Thorne Building to The Thorne Memorial Building LLC, one of the two subsidiary LLC’s of the MCP.
JULY 29, 2021
The MCP holds an open meeting at the Village Firehouse to brief the public on its plans and to receive community feedback, which is favorable. See the presentations here
The Millbrook Community Partnership, Inc., (MCP) is established with the purpose of creating a new park on the former Bennett College property while simultaneously renovating and restoring the Thorne Building into a community center.
The Board determines that the TBCC and Bennett Park projects should be combined under an umbrella entity.
The Board hires a consultant to research New York State sources for grants, and to write grant proposals.
Discussions begin about pursuing the Bennett Park project simultaneously with the TBCC renovation.
TBCC holds extensive consultations with experts in several fields (arts, music, dance, cooking classes and catering, uses for the auditorium such as film series and theater presentations, and technology classes) to review floor plans and ensure that the spaces are designed for maximum efficiency.
The Board reviews cost estimates from a number of contractors and continues discussions about the timing and staging of work.
The Village Board approved a new zoning overlay district so that the anticipated uses of the TBCC are permitted at the Thorne Building which was previously in a residential zone.
A proposal for restoration of the exterior was sent out for bid to contractors.
TBCC Board fine-tuned programming goals, architectural design, fundraising goals, and estimated costs of restoration of the exterior and renovation of the interior of the building.
The abatement work is substantially complete, with the exception of the auditorium and the removal of the boilers in the basement. The remaining work is anticipated to be completed by the end of February to early March.
In order to fully abate the asbestos and lead paint in the building, the majority of the interior wall and ceiling finishes were required to be removed.
A concerted effort was made to preserve certain monumental wood door frames, window frames, architectural woodwork and plaster moldings where possible. Many of the original wood doors and other architectural details were carefully removed and preserved to be reutilized in the planned restoration, renovation and adaptive reuse of the Thorne Building.
Local resident Michael Sloan was hired as architect of TBCC.
TBCC’s Board began work on modifying Village zoning to allow use as a community center.
The Supreme Court of Dutchess County issued a judgement eliminating the “reverter clause.”
TBCC hired a development consultant to start planning a fundraising campaign, and a representative to oversee the design/construction process and begin the search for an architect.