PAUL SMITHS — The Adirondack Watershed Institute will receive $250,000 from New York state to restore a historic cottage as its new headquarters.The money is included in the state's 2007-08 budget and will go toward the institute's $2.1 million Countess Alicia Spaulding-Paolozzi Environmental Science and Education Center.The institute is a parkwide research and education organization that is part of Paul Smith's College."This is a great step toward establishing a state-of-the-art home for the Adirondack Watershed Institute, which has become a truly important part of the ongoing environmental dialogue throughout the park," John Mills, president of Paul Smith's College, said in a news release."I'm grateful to State Sen. Betty Little, who was able to secure this money for our work."Little (R-Queensbury) said "restoring the Harriman Cottage will preserve an important part of our history while providing the Adirondack Watershed Institute a new home to continue its important work of protecting and improving water quality in the park."The cottage, which was built in 1894, is one of three buildings remaining from the original Paul Smith's Hotel. In 1999, the other two buildings became part of the National Register of Historic Places.Harriman was once a stately fixture on the shores of Lower St. Regis Lake, serving as a summer home for the guests who once flocked to the resort.After the college opened, it became a dormitory and, eventually, a fraternity house. It has sat vacant since 1980.The Spaulding-Paolozzi Foundation gave the college a $1 million grant toward the project in 2006; additionally, the State Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation has awarded $150,000 for the project.Fundraising activities are expected to continue through 2007, with construction to begin in 2008.Rehabilitation plans include replacing the roof and windows, restoring floors and rebuilding cure porches that once flanked the front and side of the building.When complete, the building will include a research laboratory, offices, conference space and sample processing and storage facilities.The Adirondack Watershed Institute is a preservation and conservation organization that helps develop solutions for environmental needs around the Adirondack Park.The institute's initiatives include the Adirondack Aquatic Institute and Watershed Stewardship Program, as well as numerous research and outreach efforts.
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