By Rose Weldon, Roslyn Times
The Roslyn Landmark Society has received two six-figure grants for preservation projects and has won approval from the Village of Roslyn to extend a lease on historic properties. The village Board of Trustees extended a lease agreement on the Joseph Starkins House at 221 Main St. and the Wallace Kirby Office-Schoolhouse on 221 B Main St. at a meeting on Tuesday. The lease, which was originally due to expire on Sept. 19, 2032, was extended for 38 years after that date, to Sept 19, 2070, so funds could be collected for improvements to their structures, which both date to before the Civil War. Additionally, the landmark society announced in an email to its members on Sunday that it had received two new grants for the restoration of the Roslyn Grist Mill, which will see its major restorations next month. The first grant, from the Gerry Charitable Trust based in Pittsburgh, will see $145,000 given to assist the grist mill’s timber frame, as well as lift the structure to street level, according to the society. The second, a $100,000 grant from the East Hampton-based preservation organization the Robert David Lion Gardiner Foundation, will help fund the construction of a new foundation for the mill. The grants will be used in conjunction with a $500,000 grant awarded to the society last year by the state’s Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation. The remainder of the $2.511 million raised for the project came from donations from New York State, Nassau County, trusts, foundations and the Roslyn Landmark Society membership, the society says. Preliminary construction on the Grist Mill began early in the month, with the society confirming in an email that the loading ramps, which will allow the mill’s timber frames to be transported to Vermont for restoration, had been completed.
From left: Roslyn Landmark Society President Howard Kroplick, Kathy Curran, Executive Director of the Robert David Lion Gardiner Foundation and Landmark Society Director Jennifer Lister