On July 18th, the president of the Utica/Mohawk Valley chapter of the National Railway Historical Society was contacted by the Children's Museum and asked to move the locomotive outside the museum, as the building was in the process of being sold and undergoing the necessary approvals. President Harry Lenz expects moving the locomotive to cost $50,000-$60,000.
A confidentiality agreement prohibits those involved with the sale from disclosing the buyer's identity. The former "Kids Oneida", now known as "ICAN", manages the museum. Executive Director, Steve Bulger, says they're leaning toward a new location for the museum, athough he currently has nothing official to share regarding that or the sale itself. He says viable options are being explored and he hopes to have all those details nailed down in the near future.
The museum building began as the John C. Hieber Building, constructed in 1893. It was placed on the National Register of Historic Places in 2007. The building sits in historic Bagg's Square and, also, within the city's scenic and historic district. As such, any changes proposed to the building's exterior must go before the city's Scenic and Historic Commission.
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