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Scenic Byway visitors center dead

July 17, 2013

The visitors center, which initially was planned to be installed at the Cochecton Train Station, and was later planned to be installed at the Fort Delaware property, is now apparently dead. In an email to the Upper Delaware Council, Scott Samuelson, chairman of the Sullivan County Legislature, wrote, “It appears that there are just too many questions regarding the stakeholders, funding, ongoing commitment, etc. to continue the quest for the visitors center at Fort Delaware at this time.

“This project as it stands today needs to take a big step back. Perhaps there can be a new conversation started regarding the potential visitors center but it must start in house with the county, as the county is the ultimate responsible entity that will have to maintain it. From everything that we can find, the funding originally obtained by the Upper Delaware Scenic Byway from Congressman Maurice Hinchey is no longer available, therefore eliminates the additional funding from Senator Bonacic. Clearly a new plan must be formulated.”

At one time there was some $850,000 in state and federal funds available to build the center. But because there was a county match required of $150,000, and tough economic times gripping the county, the project did not come to fruition.