The group heading the Dove Block restoration effort in downtown Geneva is looking for a new partner for the project’s next stage.
The Dove Block Restoration Group, a non-profit organization working to renovate and preserve the historic building, is listing the building for sale in an effort to seek an investor or developer who will shepherd the project to its successful conclusion.
“It was never our intention to be the long-term owner of the building,’’ said Dave Bunnell, who heads the Restoration group’s board with retired Hobart and William Smith College professor Jim Spates. “With $1.4 million in state grants assigned to the project and renovation work beginning, we believe this is the best time for finding an owner who will help expedite the project and assure its ultimate success.’’
The Restoration Group purchased the building from its former British owner in January, allowing the architectural work by Chrisanntha Construction to begin. At this point, Bunnell said a new, long-term investor in the building can take advantage of historic tax credits and Opportunity Zone financing while attracting tenants.
The three-story building was built in 1878 by William G. Dove, a brick maker and contractor. His son, Arthur Dove, lived in the building for several years and painted some of the famous works now found in America’s leading art museums. Arthur Dove is considered one of the country’s leading early abstract painters.
A second non-profit group, headed by Spates and known as the Arthur Dove Tribute Group, is raising funds and making plans for a Community Gallery that would honor Dove and be located in the building’s first floor. More information can be found at www.thedoveblockproject.org.
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