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Feds approve Sonnenberg expansion at former Army Reserve

Sonnenberg Gardens & Mansion State Historic Park has received the green light for expansion on the former Army Reserve property, U.S. Sen. Chuck Schumer announced Wednesday.

The plan was first announced in 2014 for the Victorian-era estate and regional tourist attraction to obtain the 3.5 acres adjacent to the vacant Army property. Sonnenberg will build a new welcome center on the property, along with a climate-controlled facility to protect its historic collections. New paved parking for visitors and tour buses will also be provided, along with areas to maintain equipment including Sonnenberg’s fleet of tram vehicles.

Sonnenberg will also be able to relocate its main entrance to East Gibson Street (Route 21) to improve visitor access.

“Investing in Sonnenberg Gardens is an investment in the Finger Lakes economy,” stated Schumer.

Details of the property transfer and Sonnenberg project that will take place over the next few years will be provided at an event next Wednesday, May 9, at 9:30 a.m. at Sonnenberg Gardens. Officials will unveil architectural renderings and kick off the expansion campaign.

“The Sonnenberg Gardens and Mansion State Historic Park is a New York State tourism magnet and this acquisition and expansion will serve an integral role to further energize the Finger Lakes and tourism economy,” stated Rose Harvey, state Parks Commissioner.

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