YORKTOWN, N.Y. -- A project to restore the Adams-Bernstein house to its former glory began Sunday three months after it was sold by Yorktown .
The deteriorating house on Route 132 was sold on Oct. 16 to Mark Franzoso, of Franzoso Contracting, who plans on restoring the nearly two-century old building into a possible affordable-housing site. Franzoso said he was attracted to the building because of its age and history.
"It’s just something I feel I can really sink my teeth into and have some fun with," he said Sunday.
Franzoso bought the seven-acre property for $170,000. He said his company will restore the three-bedroom building within the year and could rent it out to a single family below market price.
Franzoso Contracting will start with renovation work on the barn before working its way over to the house. Master masons will be on hand during the project to perform cleanup and masonry work on both buildings.
"We’re going to start with the barn, probably next week. It’s a little too cold this week to start outside," Franzoso said.
GAF Materials Corporation, one of the largest manufacturers of roofing materials in the northeast, has donated the material for both buildings. Jeff Dain, of Dain's Lumber, will also work on fabricating old hand hewn beams that were discovered on the property.
"It’s going to be a fantastic project," Franzoso. "It's going to be correct."
Town Supervisor Michael Grace said the house was built in the 1830s and given to the town about 20 years ago to preserve as a historic monument for a 10-year period.
“After that 10 years the deed expired and it was up to the town to do something,” Grace said on Oct. 16. “Unfortunately, what happens sometimes when governments hold on to things, is they deteriorate. We’re very glad that we found a buyer by marketing the place instead of going out to auction.”
Grace said he viewed the sale as a “symbolic first step” the town was taking to move Yorktown forward and live up to its motto of “Progress with Preservation.
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