Gov. Andrew Cuomo has announced about $1.1 million in community renewal funding is being allocated to projects in Fulton County to create a new arts center and expand affordable senior housing at the former Estee school in the city of Gloversville.
According to a release, $750,000 was allocated to assist with the development of the Lexington Arts Center and $400,000 was given to the city of Gloversville to assist in the redevelopment of the former Estee school, which will be replaced with 35 units of affordable senior housing.
The Lexington Foundation last week entered into a purchase agreement with Tetra Tech Construction to convert their former property into a large art center in the town of Mayfield.
"We are very excited this is all coming together," Lexington Foundation Executive Director Wally Hart said. "It's really just a coincidence that this grant was awarded only a few days after our announcement."
Hart said the foundation has plans to renovate approximately 25 percent of the facility to meet their needs and the expected cost of those renovations is anticipate to be about $500,000. He said the official purchase price is still being determined.
"Our goal is to use this for the purchase," Hart said. " If that's not possible it may be used for the renovations."
The building will be converted to the Paul Nigra Center for Creative Arts and will include an art gallery, classrooms, performance space and a cafe that will be available for all the community to enjoy.