Holley mayor thanks agencies and officials who worked on old High School project

Posted 18 May 2018 at 9:07 am


I can’t properly express how proud and excited I am about the Holley Gardens Project in our Village. As most of you know by now, this project involves renovating the old Holley High school into 41 senior apartments and the relocated Village Office.

As I have previously stated, I do truly believe that the revitalization of this historic landmark will be a transformative project, not only for our Village but for all of the communities that surround us in Orleans County.

We have been at this for about three years, working with this development team. The support we have received from all levels of government and the residents has been outstanding and has made all the difference in making this project a reality.

So I want to thank some people specifically:

Governor Cuomo for supporting our community and these types of adaptive re-use projects.

All of our Federal and State Representatives: Senator Schumer, Congressman Collins, Senator Ortt, and Assemblymen Hawley, all who have supported us in this endeavor.

The Finger Lakes Regional Economic Development Council, specifically Robert Duffy and Ann Kress (Co-Chairs of the FLREDC) for their support of our project and being advocates for the Finger Lakes Region.

The funding agencies such as Restore NY, Empire State Development, Housing and Community Renewal for seeing the value in this project and what it brings to our community.

The Landmark Society who drew so much attention to this building when naming it one of the “Five to Revive.” They really started the ball rolling!

Local and County Governments and agencies such as the Town of Murray, Holley Central School District, Orleans County, and the Orleans County Economic Development Agency.

All of the residents who have supported this project and those who wrote letters of support for the project grants. Without the backing of the community none of this would be possible.

The Village of Holley Government and staff for pulling together in one direction and one common goal of making this happen.

The Development team of Home Leasing and Edgemere Development and their staff who saw the value in this project and our community from the beginning and worked hand-in-hand with the Village and all agencies to make this project happen.

This type of project and PROGRESS is proof of what can happen when everyone works together for one common goal. Many people, businesses, and communities are going to benefit as a result of the efforts of these past three years. So again, from me, the Village Board, and all of the Village residents thanks to everyone for your efforts in making the Holley Gardens Project a reality!

Brian J. Sorochty