“We’ve been wanting to do work on St. Margaret’s … on achieving potable water and making sure the septic system is up to standards,” McKeon said.
The Town Board authorized the application last week, and Red Hook Supervisor Robert McKeon said money also will be sought for a handicapped-accessible pathway to St. Margaret’s, which is at 7251 S. Broadway (Route 9).
The grant application must be submitted by Dec. 1.
St. Margaret’s had been used as a cultural arts center for small events and programs over the past five years by the Red Hook Community Arts Network while the town works to make improvements that will allow the site to accommodate larger gatherings.
The house was built in 1852 by Margaret Armstrong Astor as a facility for homeless and orphaned girls, and it remained in operation into the 1930s. It later was a welfare facility, private home and transitional living facility until closing in the 1990s.
The St. Margaret’s building and 2 acres were donated to the town by Martin’s Food in 2006, when the company constructed a Hannaford supermarket across Route 9.