Making Progress, one building at a time!
Windsor NY is a historically rich town that has enjoyed over 200 years of interesting shops and businesses operating throughout its business districts. The Windsor Community Revitalization Organization commends those Windsor business owners (and homeowners) from the past up to the present, who have succeeded in maintaining or rebuilding these historic buildings on their own. Any revitalization is a huge undertaking, but it is happening all over the country as small communities go through a resurgence after realizing the importance of small town living.
The main goal of the WCRO is to purchase one blighted building at a time in the historic business district of Windsor and to do whatever it takes to save and revitalize the structure. The Organization will then sell the rejuvenated building and move onto the next one in need. Private donations, fundraisers and a variety of grants will be used to fund each project. Any and all profit realized after the sale will go towards the next building project.
Although the WCR Organization is considered a fairly new 501c3 non-profit organization (forming just over 2 years ago) the board members possess a wealth of knowledge and experience in areas such as Grant Writing, Insurance, Municipal Procedures, Real Estate, Education, Landscaping, Law, Construction, Advertising, Sales and Marketing . Due to these attributes, the Organization has already accomplished many of its main goals.
The Organization recently finalized the purchase of the old "Windsor Inn" at 123 Main Street and is accepting
donations and pursuing grant funding to repair and revitalize the 180 year old building.
When transformed, the Windsor Inn will have 6-8 period-specific guest rooms of varying sizes plus two long term rental apartments. It will also feature a cozy tavern, a quaint family restaurant and a gift shop featuring local wares. The Inn will attract travelers from Rt. 79 and Rt. 17/I-86, bring new consumers into our community and encourage new business to our Main Street.
To date, the all-volunteer board of the WCRO has:
- Met with Representatives at the village, town, county and state levels to request support and funding.
- Compiled an informational Facebook page, LinkedIn account and professional website
- Acquired professional engineering drawings and floor plans for the two story building
Invested in a Marketing Feasibility Study & Business Plan – funded by a grant from Constitution
(The full plan is available on the website: http://www.windsorinn.org/the-inn)
- Applied for several grants including a NY State Main Street grant and an Appalachian Regional Commission grant
- Worked with local Financial Institutions to acquire low interest loans
- Secured the services of a professional Grant Writer
A public meeting will be held in September to explain the revitalization progress thus far and to show the plans for the future. Windsor Community Revitalization Organization board members and guest speakers will be in attendance.
Any comments, questions, donations or ideas may be directed to firstname.lastname@example.org at any time.
The Windsor Inn 1832 is a Public Involvement Project.
Donations are being accepted now. For more detailed information, please sign up to have Organization representatives speak at your meeting or event.
You may also fill out our Contact Form with your questions.
Checks may be made payable to Windsor Community Revitalization Organization Inc. and mailed to P.O. Box 422, Windsor, NY, 13865.
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Remembering Bill Pesce
It is with great sadness that we share the news of Bill Pesce's passing on February 18, 2019.
Bill was an artist, a visionary and a fine friend.
He and his wife Johanne refurbished the Windsor Whipworks building on Main Street and operated an Art Gallery there for over 11 years.
The refurbishing of the Windsor Inn was another of Bill's visions, leading to the creation of the Windsor Community Revitalization Organization.
May 14, 1935 – February 18, 2019
William “Bill” Pesce, 1935-2019 from Windsor (and Long Island) passed into peace surrounded by his family on February 18th. Born in New York City, he grew up in Astoria/Long Island City. Always the avid artist, he graduated from Farmingdale University with an Advertising Degree. He then served our country in the U.S. Army during the Vietnam War. Bill started his first advertising business in 1965, one month before marrying Johanne DeLuca.
Bill pursued his passion for over 40 years, becoming President and CEO of several award-winning advertising firms in Manhattan and Long Island, handling national and international accounts and retiring in 2007 from Austin Williams, a firm he co-founded.
Bill was active in community affairs no matter where he lived. He was a 25-year-long member of the Board of the Cinema Art Centre in Huntington, Long Island as well as the Long Island Association. In 1970, because they loved the area, Bill and Johanne became part-time residents of Windsor, purchasing land that they would tent-camp on, and eventually installing a small Gambrell roofed cottage. Over the years they expanded the house and in 2007 decided to make it their permanent home.
Their combined love for the arts inspired them to renovate and refurbish the historic Windsor Whip Works—one of the country’s leading buggy-whip manufacturing facilities—into the Windsor Whip Works Art Center and Gallery, which became a world-class art gallery and non-profit community arts center showing local, regional, national and international artists; holding workshops, classes and gallery talks, hosting art excursions and promoting the arts in Broome County.
Bill and Johanne championed the arts throughout Broome County; Bill became a Broome County Arts Council Board Member and served on many other community-oriented boards. He also developed plans for improving the region with the Windsor Partnership. In 2009, Bill and Johanne were honored with Broome County’s Heart of the Arts Award.
Bill was beloved and will be remembered for his artistic vision, his infectious laugh, robust sense of humor and the gracious way he welcomed others into his gallery, his home and his life.
Bill was predeceased by his father, Onofrio Pesce, mother Marge Toscano and his sister Roseann Calvello. Carrying on his zest for life are his wife Johanne, daughter Theresa Happe and husband Steve; son Frederic Pesce and wife Nicole Pesce and Anthony Pesce; daughter Elizabeth Pesce and fiancé Scott Hunt; and eleven grandchildren, a niece and two nephews.
Service and viewing Saturday, February 23rd at McCormack Sons Funeral Home, 141 Main St., Binghamton. Please note the service will start promptly at 1pm with visitation immediately following until 4pm. Interment will be private.
In lieu of flowers please consider a donation in memory of Bill to Mercy House, 212 N McKinley Ave, Endicott, NY 13760