HOOSICK FALLS, N.Y. -- The Hoosick Armory Youth Center and Community Coalition announced its partnership with Sequence Development for the generation of plans for the proposed construction at the vacant lot where Dougherty’s Hotel once stood.
The Hoosick Falls nonprofit and Troy developer are working together to design a unique concept into the space. Described as a "21st-Century general market," the proposed development would build a structure outfitted for an open market that would allow local farms, businesses and people to sell products and services.
Sequence Development was initially attracted to Hoosick falls due to an existing New York State Restore Community grant that was originally applied for in 2006. The grant was recently approved for $750,000 from Empire State Development.
After an initial visit, "the more time I spent in Hoosick falls, the more I felt like it’s a place we needed to be Š We are absolutely thrilled to have found a like-minded community partner in Hoosick Falls that shares our vision of what could be," said Jeffrey Buell, president and CEO of Sequence.
Sequence Development hopes to begin construction on the vacant lot, 9 Main St., late this fall, alongside the renovation of the adjacent Historic Monahan Building, 5 John St, which Sequence plans to purchase. The project is a proposed three-story mixed-use structure, now in stages of design and approval.
"All layers of the community will be contained in this building: Farming, business and recreation," said Aelish Nealon, the executive director of HAYC3. "We see it as a community hub and a step toward a new Hoosick. Everyone with Hoosick made products would be able to set up shop there, rather than just Wednesday nights at the farmers’ market."
"When we first started looking at Doherty’s Corner, most people in the community suggested establishing a restaurant," Buell said. "Although Hoosick Falls probably needs a restaurant, it’s just a restaurant. I thought we would go with a more unique idea of developing a place to be more of a hub in the community."
The opening of the new development would be slated for mid year 2015, and would incorporate a new small business startup stewarded by Sequence: Parsons 1827, a catering company named after the village’s first mayor and the year the village was incorporated.
Once Parsons 1827 is established, the business would use the greenhouse that is proposed for the roof of the new building.
"The beginnings of Hoosick were influenced by agriculture," Buell said. "The rooftop garden is an urban concept we are bringing to a rural community to continue that legacy. We are hoping this to be a pilot for other rural communities."
The HAYC3 Armory and Sequence firmly believe a marketplace will promote healthy business and community growth besides the initial development.
"As a community hub, this is a natural fit with our mission," Nealon said. "We are so fortunate that Jeff has found Hoosick Falls and shares our vision for what can be."
Sequence and HAYC3 will welcome public input on the project at the upcoming Hoosick Rising meeting on Wednesday, Sept. 25, at 6:30 p.m. at the HAYC3 Armory, 80 Church St.
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