The Thorne Building Community Center

A TIMELINE

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SEPTEMBER 2021

Asbestos abatement begins at Thorne Building.

AUGUST 2021

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

JULY 2021

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.

MARCH 2021

The Board determines that the TBCC and Bennett Park projects should be combined under an umbrella entity.

JANUARY 2021

  • 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.

WINTER 2020-2021

  • 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.

OCTOBER 2020

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.

SEPTEMBER 2020

A proposal for restoration of the exterior was sent out for bid to contractors.

SUMMER 2020

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.

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APRIL 2020

Local resident Michael Sloan was hired as architect of TBCC.

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MARCH 2020

TBCC’s Board began work on modifying Village zoning to allow use as a community center.

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JANUARY 2020

The Supreme Court of Dutchess County issued a judgement eliminating the “reversion clause.”

SUMMER 2019

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.

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