New Castle's major renovation of the Amsterdam Park carriage house is mostly done.
Robert Snyder, the town's superintendent for the Recreation and Parks Department, figures that it's "about 75 percent complete."
The historic West End building, once part of the Amsterdam family estate, no longer bears a dilapidated state. Since overhaul work kicked into gear in March, the building has gotten new siding, windows and electric, according to Snyder. New wings were built to replace the old ones, which were demolished last winter after it was determined that they were not in good shape for repair.
The colonial-style carriage house, which now bears a cream-colored facade, will serve as storage for town clerk and police records, along with recreation material. In keeping with this new role, it is getting a security camera system and a conduit for connecting to a computer, according to Snyder.
The existing cupola, undergoing a restoration, will be placed back on top soon, and Snyder hopes that it's next week.
The goal is to complete renovation of the structure by the end of August, with total completion - this includes bringing in the records - by October. So far, Snyder explained, the project is on track.
Amsterdam park is located off of Hoags Cross Road, west of the intersection with Pinesbridge Road. The renovation has been done through a mix of contracted and in-house work.