ROUSES POINT - The former Delaware and Hudson Railway Station in the village of Rouses Point is slated to receive key funding to help in its restoration.
Congressman John M. McHugh, R- Pierrepont Manor, announced he has secured $95,000 for the village through the Omnibus Appropriations Act, which was approved in the House of Representatives Feb. 25. If the legislation is approved by the Senate and the President, the funding will be used to replace the station's roof during this construction season.
"I am very pleased that funding for the restoration of the Delaware and Hudson Railway Station was included in the House-passed Omnibus," McHugh said. "I have long been a supporter of infrastructure improvements at Rouses Point, and this restoration will be an excellent addition."
The announcement of the funding was welcome news to Geri Favreau, president of the Rouses Point-Champlain Historical Society. The nonprofit organization has been working with the village to restore the structure since 2002, knowing the station's roof was among the first steps in the process.
"The historical society members have worked really hard to raise money for this project, but we've come nowhere near what Congressman McHugh has secured for us," said Favreau. "We've been very concerned the building wouldn't survive. Without this money, we don't know what our next step was going to be."
The most recent estimate to complete the overall restoration of the 1889 building was more than $800,000, said Favreau. In addition to replacing the roof, that figure would include repairing drainage, chimney work and fa ade improvements. The restoration would aim to develop the building, at least in part, into a museum of the village's history, which has centered a great deal on the railroad, said Favreau.
In a statement, Rouses Point Mayor George A. Rivers thanked McHugh for his assistance in securing the congressional earmark for what he called "an important landmark in our village."
"Since Rouses Point is the rail gateway to our country for Amtrak's Montreal line, this will allow us to begin the process of restoring our beloved station as a fitting welcome to visitors to our state and country," the mayor stated.
Those interested in assisting with the historical society's restoration efforts should contact Favreau at 297-2064. Donations toward the project can be made payable to the Rouses Point-Champlain Historical Society, P.O. Box 144, Rouses Point N.Y. 12979.