For local readers the below letter relates to the long time vacant building in the center of Millbrook which has finally been taken over by the town and hopefully wont again fall into the wrong hands. What should be done with this beautiful building? Any ideas will be shared with our readers.

Laura M. Hurley 35 Merritt Avenue
Mayor P.O. Box 349
Millbrook, N.Y. 12545
Linda T. Wiltse Tel: (845) 677-3939
Clerk/Treasurer Fax: (845) 677-3972

April 1, 2014

For Immediate Release

The Village of Millbrook Board of Trustees announces that the Village of Millbrook and the Thorne Project Ltd. have mutually agreed to rescind the existing Thorne Building lease. The parties agreed to a monetary settlement in full satisfaction of work and improvements performed at the Thorne Building over the duration of the lease. The settlement, in the amount of $20,000, effectively extinguishes any Thorne Project Ltd. rights to the property.
In 2008, Thorne Project Ltd. principles, Michael & Erica Downing, approached the Village Board with a bold proposal to launch an arts and entertainment center to be located in the then vacant Thorne Building. After a year of negotiations, a lease was signed on February 24, 2009 that contained several contingencies regarding building improvements and division of work. On March 9, 2010, the Thorne Project Ltd offered to accept full responsibility for all of the required building improvements in exchange for further considerations from the Village. Multiple attempts were made to renegotiate the original lease agreement, however all attempts at renegotiation proved unsuccessful.
Five Years after entering into the original lease agreement with the Thorne Project Ltd, the village is released from the obligation and hopeful that a positive use of the Thorne Building will be realized. Ideally, the Board of Trustees envisions that the Thorne Building can function as a cultural center contributing to the economic vitality of the community without causing an undue fiscal burden to our Village of Millbrook residents.

Laura M. Hurley

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