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                                                                                                      PBI has four core program areas that successfully integrate key elements of renewal in multifaceted development projects providing opportunities for the community to come together to contribute and collaborate towards the revitalization of the Village of Philmont, NY in the spirit and tradition of a rural barn raising. Mission StatementCommunity-based programming growing the local economy Economic Impact Positioning Report.

See the PBI timeline developing a farmers market to a local food system.

Collaborating with community members in Working Groups, PBI’s strategy recognizes the need to include homes, workplaces, shops, streets, factories, warehouses, parks, trails, education, farms, services, mobility, and diversity. These are our objectives: sources for revitalization and renewal that will ensure sustenance and commerce, food security and connection to farmland, localized economy to foster ownership of place and encourage community making, and a strategy to make this as sustainable as possible. PBI has undertaken a range of innovative individual initiatives. Most notably is a Brownfield Opportunity Area (BOA) planning aimed at restoring Summit Lake and its postindustrial landscapes, a downtown Main Street reinvestment consisting of the restoration of 22 commercial   and residential buildings including 10 affordable housing restorations, a site re-adapt development to house an anchor commercial kitchen and food cooperative creating a local food system, and over 25 community revitalization program projects including opening a downtown farmers market, restoration of streetscapes, a guest speaker series, and programming for kids and families.                                                                   

Have an idea for a new business in the downtown?  Join us in the Mom&Pop Shop project starting on Saturday 14th September at the Philmont Public Library at 2pm-4pm.   If you want to post an idea for a new business for the downtown, please post your comment on our blogging page.

Philmont Beautification, Inc. (PBI) is one of this year’s Preserve New York (PNY) grantees. Their grant of $10,000 will enable PBI to hire Jessie Ravage of Cooperstown to complete a village-wide reconnaissance level survey of Philmont. This survey will help determine the boundaries of a potential State and National Register Historic District. This designation could ultimately benefit the work of PBI and residents by allowing them to use the Federal and NYS Historic Tax Credits for rehabilitation projects.

"This grant award will assist in advancing the Comprehensive Plan recommendation and the Summit Lake and its Watercourse BOA plan, including the vision to conduct a village-wide survey of historic buildings,” said John Gourlay, President, Philmont Beautification, Inc. “It will enable the community and the Village of Philmont to evaluate the creation of one or more historic districts connected to the history of mills in the village. PBI is delighted to have been chosen for this grant award that will assist with hiring the consultant, Jessie Ravage, to conduct this survey with the participation of PBI and one of the community-based BOA Working Groups." see full press release and PNY 2019 awards

                                                                                                               All are Welcome!   Join a Working Group.                                 

Philmont Beautification was honored to take part this year as a panel speaker in the 4th Annual NYS Redevelopment Summit 2019:    Pathways to Revitalization June 11- 12, 2019 | The Armory at Sage College, Albany.                                                                                                                        2019 Program.                                                                                                                                                                       Read the take-away community comments from Philmont attendees at last years Summit.                                                                                      

                                    Thank you Main St. Pub and customers! Ask for the menu choice supporting the restoration of the Summit Lake. $1  will go towards this  revitalization project.                                                                   Click here to see your $1 at work!

                                Thank you Vanderbilt Lakeside and customers! Ask for the menu choice supporting the restoration of Summit Lake. $1 will go towards this village revitalization project.                                                    Click here to see your $1 at work.                                                                                              

 We are pleased to announce the release of the Summit Lake and Its Watercourse BOA Step 2 Nomination.  This study invites the community to rethink the opportunities for redevelopment within the context of the ongoing revitalization of the village and the potential re-use of vacant mills, restoration of Summit Lake, development of the downtown gateway, public parks and the lake waterfront.  Click here for the whole project.   

Saturday January 27th, 2018 -   Over 40 community members joined the community conversation aimed at creating an affordable housing plan that can preserve the affordability of housing, enhance diversity, and encourage a local living economy.  Funding received from the Berkshire Taconic Community Foundation HousingUs Initiative matched with funds from the Village of Philmont Brownfield Opportunity Area Step II Nomination, NYS Dept of State Office of Planning & Development, "Summit Lake and Its Watercourse" planning project assisted the community conversation.  See PBI's HousingUs grant report.  Media: IMBY 2/6/18 Philmont Beautification Presents Community Land Trusts   Register-star 1/28/18 Land Trust Conversation makes roots in Philmont

                                                                                                                                                                              Philmont Cooperative owner-members coming together for a day of cleaning and painting to get ready for the delivery of the kitchen equipment.  Another awesome day!  Thanks to all.                                                                                         

                                                                                                                                                                                                               volunteer days - contact us to join in!

April 2018: The extensive gut-rehab renovations & adaptive re-use of the former Stewart's gas station/ convenience store returns the building to the community, will boost the village economy, provide equitable access to fresh and healthy local foods, small food business opportunities, and employment avenues, thanks to your unfailing support and belief the finish line could be accomplished with community collaboration.                                                    

This project is completed!  Doors are open, cafe six days a week, and fresh market-direct healthy foods to buy are on the shelves! Well done to all who made this project possible.                                                                                                                        

                                                                                                                                                                                                        Thanks to the Village of Philmont and the DPW - the two trees from the park on Main Street moved down the road a bit last week!  Donated back in 2010 by the Philmont Rotary the trees are doing great and continue to add beauty to the streetscape. Thank you Mike, Cliff, Dale, Dan, and Ed.  Awesome!                                                                                          

                                                                                                     Pocket Park ballet 05-06-17         NYS Love - Park Day  PBI and Purpose P-CAN team bringing new life and spirit to the downtown community pocket park. Carolyn Stern, Elinor Pine, Julia Sedlock and Mark Rowntree, Debra and Mike Gitterman, Tim Smith, Shawn, Carol Block, with breakfast by Carla Ingersoll and Marian Sumner from McNan's!

!See P-CAN's design for the Village to dedicate the pocket park on Main Street to honor the memory of Nancy J. Brousseau and her contributions to the village.
In addition to installing a plaque at the entrance of the park to identify its new name (1), the plan will elaborate on improvements made to the park over ten years ago by Philmont Beautification, Inc. The two main features of the plan include a stone wall and planting area at the front edge separating the park from the sidewalk (2), and an elevated stone patio in the south east corner of the park that will serve as a focal point in the space (3), which can be used as stage for special events and as seating area at all other times. The focus on this corner will be accentuated by a map of Philmont painted onto the wall in the corner (4) where the ivy vines are least established. The map will include an overlay of information that connects Philmont’s past and future by describing the important role that water has played throughout it’s history and in it’s ongoing plans of revitalization. The map also serves to acknowledge the critical role that Mrs. Brousseau played in supporting village renewal through her work on the Zoning Board of Appeals and the Comprehensive Plan Board. A text box on the left side panel of the map will include a brief biography of Mrs. Brousseau, describing the impact she made on the village and its residents.

 Photo credit: Elinor Pine                                                                                                         Click here to see the full Power Point presentation.                                          "Thank you Behan Planning & Design" - you gave us the beginnings of restoring the lake and the path to follow!  Over 50 members of the Philmont community came together to start the momentum for saving the lake and the watershed.  The Village Hall was full to the brim of Philmonters who care enough to share their time and fond memories of swimming in the lake, ice skating, fishing, and boating.  Let's work together to return the lake back to its natural legacy!  We've certainly got our work cut out for us.           

Philmont Daffodil Pro Thanks to 20 residents, business owners, and neighbors who accomplished so much for a great afternoon of Main Street digging, planting and hanging with neighbors!  Carolyn Stern, PBI project organizer, Elinor Pine, Charlie Doheny, Karen Davala, Tom Buckner, Joanne Vilaghy, Sheri Bolevice, Carol Block, Jeanine, Theresa, Alita Earnhart, and Rachel, Purpose and P-CAN group, Cumberland Farms, Philmont Library, Veterans Park, Philmont Kitchen/Co-op, Pocket Park, Village Office.                                                                                                                            More......                                                                                   

Co-op Curbside Cafe food truck July 9th, 2016                                  Thank you Assemblymember Didi Barrett! We are all very honored to receive an Assembly resolution in honor of Farmers Market Appreciation Month to members of the Philmont Market Cooperative and farmers who participate in the Philmont Farmers Market. Left to right: Miriah Winnie, Charlie Doheny, Sally Baker, Wade, Assemblymember Didi Barrett, James Dooling, Irene Young, Elizabeth Angello, Lynda Ackerman, Abby Laufer, Koen van der Mere, Cathy Zises.                                                                                            

Thank you - Philmont is rising!                                                Read the article                                                              Roads Less Traveled: Out of the Way Places We Love, Part 2


  The Philmont Market & Cafe Co-op as the anchor business creating a community based food system with local farmers, and food businesses.                                                                                      see the whole project.

Click to see the 2015 Annual ReportWe believe the revitalization of a small rural community can be achieved more effectively through a sustained effort of community involvement committed to regenerative principles deeply rooted in the wellness of achieving a diversified wholeness dedicated to creating a sustainable and resilient community by working alongside each other for community-driven projects in the spirit and tradition of a rural barn raising.         

Programs and projects are developed with community members to implement over 200 suggestions and recommendations contained in the 2003 Philmont Comprehensive Plan. These include, among others, improved affordable housing, restoration and conservation of natural resources, revitalization of the Main Street, achieving a localized economy, creating common ground gathering places, increasing community services, producing healthy landscapes, stewardship for clean waterways incorporating green energy solutions, connecting to local agriculture, and access to fresh, local, healthy food.               
                                                                                                                                                                                       A 2012 project, D.E.V.E.L.O.P. implemented by young village resident attending the Nelson A. Rockefeller College of Public Affairs & Policy at SUNY reaffirmed PBI's mission and demonstrated programs truly reflect a community working together to collaboratively bring a small rural village back from the edge of over 70 years of significant social and economic decline experienced in many upstate New York rural towns and villages.           

The success of sustained renewal lies in the nature of collaboration, including partnerships with local, state, federal funding agencies, local government, and private grantmaking foundations using a portfolio of community-driven, regenerative, sustainable strategies. Projects employ criteria deeply rooted in human use potential. See a sampling of downtown improvement projects 2001-2014.

Local 111 - a farm-to-table restaurant opened in 2007HOUSING on Main Street Program:  This program provides financial and technical assistance for storefronts, commercial buildings, and affordable housing that have experienced sustained neglect and are located on the Main Street. See more                                            

Village Pocket Park on the Main Street restored in 2010SPECIAL PROJECTS - Revitalization Program:  Designed to work with community volunteers serving on project developement and selection committees to accomplish projects that contribute towards an improved quality of village life. See more                                                                                                                             

SMALL BUSINESS Community Arts and Fine Craft Trades:  Increasing the involvement and promotion of local arts and fine craft trades as vital parts of the whole contributing towards community wellness and resiliency. Currently this program is assisting local artisans come together in community conversations aimed at advancing new ideas and projects for co-working maker spaces.                                       

Historic Design Standards, and technical assistanceSmall Business Program:  Provides financial and technical assistance to assist new small business join the Main Street.  See more                          

                                                                                                                                                    SPECIAL PROJECTS -  Revitalization Program news  Current revitalization project: Summit Lake and Its Watercourse Area Plan in partnership with the Village of Philmont. This project intends to create a community-informed plan for the Summit Lake Area aimed at restoring the Summit Lake and the surrounding area, including, the re-use of potential strategic sites and historic buildings for new uses such as housing, retail, commercial, and public amenities like lake-side parks. See more          

Housing, Small Business, and Food Program news                                                                                                                                                                                                          Thank you Local Economies Project for featuring this project in the August newsletter and web site!                                                                                                                                                                                                  Re-purposing a previous Stewart's gas/convenience store into a small-batch processing kitchen and bakery working with local farmers, producers, and the Philmont Market & Cafe Co-op  creating a robust community based localized food system in the heart of the downtown.                                                                                                                                                             2011 community gathering 2013 building & facade renovations                                                                                                                                                                             


Making of the Philmont Waterfront

A community Open House will be held on Tuesday, February 24th from 11am to 7pm at the Karen Garafalo Cultural Center at the Philmont Public Library.  The Open House event will involve a series of "stations" with various themes to engage community thoughts and ideas.  The event is intended to be an open, relaxing environment to garner your thoughts about new ways to stimulate economic and social opportunities in the immediate areas influenced by the Summit Reservoir and its connection to the downtown core along Main Street.  Community members are encouraged to drop by to speak with Elan Planning & Design, PLCC, from Saratoga Springs, NY, engaged by the Village of Philmont to create the waterfront revitalization plan with the community.  


The Open House will be an all-day event where community members can drop by the Karen Garafalo Cultural Center from 11am to 7pm to visit and discuss the Making of the Philmont Waterfront with Elan Planning & Design, contribute ideas for the plan at event stations specifically set up for the Open House, including a fun and engaging History of Philmont station. 


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