Seneca White Deer Inc. looks to build ‘Welcome Center’ at former depot

Seneca White Deer is asking for donations and undertaking funding efforts to complete construction on a welcome center for the former Seneca Army Depot.

The site, which had previously held tours in the past, will re-start those efforts. In doing so, organizers want to construct a welcome center to serve as a home base for this fall’s tours at the depot.

“Our goal is to have a functioning Welcome Center this fall, so we will be able to start tours sometime this October,” said the organization in a statement. “We would appreciate consideration of a tax deductable donation to help SWD build the Welcome Center. These facility, the Welcome Center, its parking lots and a garage for tour buses are expected to cost approximately $300,000.”

Organizers say those looking to make donations are of ‘critical’ importance.

They also noted that the facility would be expandable to accommodate the needs of the visitors moving forward. The group also plans on taking advantage of “as much ‘green’ technology as possible for this facility” to save natural resources.

Down the road, those organizers also hope to take advantage of electric buses and solar generated power for operations on-site.

“With New York State’s emphasis on increasing tourism and the uniqueness of the white deer tours, this is a valuable opportunity to improve the economy of our area and preserve a truly unique resource,” the organization added.

Credit card donations can be made through Seneca White Deer’s website, and checks can be made payable to Seneca White Deer Inc., according to the press release.

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