Tuesday was a monumental day for the Herkimer 9.
"The IDA board this morning signed over the property to the Herkimer 9, which is the HMQ 1890 LLC, and we really want to thank them for their confidence in the Herkimer 9 program," says Herkimer 9 Chief Operating Officer, Brion Carroll. "The IDA has granted using a quick claim deed, ownership of the Quackenbush property, which actually is four different parcels, extends from here through to Main Street, to the Herkimer 9 Program."
The Herkimer 9 plans to preserve the brick building and turn it into a STEAM (science, technology, engineering, arts, math) center for kids and adults. They say the development of these plans into reality will give the Herkimer 9 a certain legitimacy.
"This will allow us to get confidence that the Herkimer 9 is real. Because a lot of times, the first brick is the most important that's why they put the date of the first brick, right? So this is what we would call the first brick of the Herkimer 9, the first property we've been able to acquire. We have others under contract that we're going through due diligence on," says Carroll.
While the Quackenbush Building is the first building the Herkimer 9 has formally acquired, they say it won't be the last.
"Associated with the Herkimer 9 is the renovation of these types of buildings; the Quackenbush, we have the Masonic, which is also on Main Street. We have the Palmer House. We have 13 acres that are north of the village that we're looking to develop a hotel," says Carroll.
The group is planning a small celebration when they enter the building for the first time, Wednesday.