Roxbury, New York, a small historic town in the heart of Catskills is organizing a Yale Day of Service around three projects of interest for the town:
Main Street Revitalization:
Roxbury’s Main Street is also a State Road. This presents some challenges for making a walkable vibrant downtown. A few studies have been done in recent years to determine what could be done to improve the streetscape, slow traffic, and create a real town center. The town proposes that volunteers critique existing plans and bring new ideas to the table. Scaled plans and previous studies will be provided. Landscape architects, urban designers and architects are all idea participants for this exercise.
The town is beginning a study of how to revitalize an old mansion previously used as a senior living center as a vibrant new Inn, Restaurant and Pub that is also an educational facility to train hospitality professionals. The project is in an early conceptualization phase where curriculum, pro forma etc. are still being evaluated. The task for the volunteers will be to do a sketch level “test fit” of the proposed program in the current pro forma, and consider any likely additions coming from the curriculum developers in purer to test the feasibility of fitting the proposed program into the existing building. Both a main building and adjacent cottage will be considered. Existing conditions Revit drawings and prints of plans from the Revit model will be available. Architects are best suited to this task, although some thinking about the landscape may also be useful. Architects with experience with hospitality, food service, historic restoration/adaptive reuse are sought after, but not required.
Old Roxbury Railroad Station:
The old Roxbury railroad station - a Victorian era gem, has been hidden inside of a corrugated metal cocoon for as long as many people can remember. The town is anxious to uncover and restore this important contributor to its history. The railroad is still in active use as a tourist attraction, and could make good use of the restored station. The task for the volunteers would be to examine the condition of the building and document their findings with annotated photographs with the goal being to identify preservation/restoration challenges, and create an action plan including next steps for the town. Architects and structural engineers with historic preservation experience are ideal, but not required. Full access to the building and any available historical information will be provided to the group.
Melissa DelVecchio ’98 MArch