Frontier House Petition to Lewiston Town Board
We, the undersigned, petition the Lewiston Town Board to take action to save the Frontier House by reaching a settlement with the current owner. We fully understand that the recent appraised value of $750,000 is below the price the owner is asking, but we are hopeful that the Town Board and owner can reach a reasonable compromise in the interest of saving the building.
We believe that the preservation and restoration of the Frontier House is Lewiston's top priority.
Today, as the building continues to crumble before our eyes, we are at a crossroads in determining the future of the Frontier House. The iconic structure is Lewiston's most cherished and revered historical landmark. In fact, this iconic structure stands as one of New York State’s most important historical properties, and has been included on the National Register of Historic Places since 1974.
Please understand that the appraised value has nothing to do with the replacement value. If Lewiston had to replace the Frontier House with original and authentic materials it would cost millions to do so. So, if we lose the Frontier House, we would lose it forever.
We believe this project would be an ideal use and application for Greenway funds and would enable Lewiston to pursue several strategies in protecting the Frontier House for future generations.
Moreover, Center Street needs the Frontier House as an anchor for Lewiston's future commercial viability because of our growing reputation as a historical destination. Because the Frontier House is emblematic of our community's passion to preserve our unique and rich heritage, we ask for your enthusiastic support in reaching a settlement with the owner, so we can move forward to restoring the Frontier House and reestablish it as Lewiston's crown jewel.