Photo courtesy of Mike Muehlbauer of Wildlifeguy Photography.
Historic Structures Report:
In 2006, the Village of Williamsville completed an historic structures report on the Williamsville Water Mill. This project was funded by Preserve New York, a grant program of the Preservation League of New York State and the New York State Council on the Arts. Funding from the grant provided approximately half of the funding for the project.
NYS Office of Parks, Recreation & Historic Preservation:
The Village is beginning work on the final project, with funding received through an Environmental Protection Fund grant from the NYS Office of Parks, Recreation, and Historic Preservation (NYSOPRHP).
Just under $500,000 of work will be completed over the next six months, with 50% of funding from NYSOPRHP and 50% funding from the Village of Williamsville.
Work to be done includes structural improvements in the north wing, roof reconstruction, foundation repairs, window and door restoration or replacement, carpentry work and exterior painting, repointing of the stone foundation and chimney, improvements to the stone walls, installation of new underground electrical services and replacement of the main electrical panel, replacement of existing grilles for inflow and outflow openings with new assemblies, drainage improvements, and the possible reconstruction of the sluiceway.
The design specifications are being completed by Flynn Battaglia Architects, and are based on the Historic Structures Report completed in 2006 (see below).
The project is expected to be bid out in the spring of 2014, with work being completed during the 2014 construction season.
Two other EPF grants were also received through NYS Office of Parks, Recreation, and Historic Preservation, totaling $400,000, in addition to an acquisition grant for $150,000.
Where the Williamsville Water Mill stands:
Village of Williamsville has spent more than $1 million to save and rehabilitate the mill, including more than $600,000 in State Parks Environmental Protection Funds.
Negotiating with Howard and Tara Cadmus, owners of Sweet Jenny's Ice Cream, who plan to purchase the mill.
About the Williamsville Water Mill:
Listed on the New York State and National Registers of Historic Places
Signature icon and the reason for the existence and name of the Village of Williamsville
As the mill served as the anchor of a lively milling hub in the 1800s, today it stands as potential centerpiece of a revitalized Main/Spring Streets in historic core of the village
Central gathering place for village events, farmer’s market, light retail and park uses
Partnership between the Village of Williamsville and New York State in 2005 saved the mill and two other parcels from foreclosure, possible demolition or collapse