$24,000 Grant helps preserve the Colebrook Store

The Colebrook Store

COLEBROOK — The Colebrook Preservation Society announced it received a $24,000 grant from the Draper Foundation Fund, a fund of the Northwest Connecticut Community Foundation, to pay for work on the restoration of the Colebrook Store which CPS, a non-profit organization, owns on behalf for the community.

“We are deeply grateful to the Draper Foundation Fund for its continuing support of the store’s restoration,” said Ed Lord, president of CPS. This year especially, we had an urgent need for funding to replace the store’s failed septic system, making the grant that much more important and timely.”

Lord noted that the store’s restoration is nearly complete. “The work would not have been possible without the help of the Draper Foundation and other significant support from members of the community, and the CPS board. The sense of purpose and community exhibited during the past three years of restoring the store has been incredible.”

To date, $250,000 has been invested in the store, including its purchase, for stabilization of the foundation, new roof, new cooking range exhaust system, new windows, new siding, paint, interior renovations, including a public bathroom, insulation, shoring up the flooring system, and exterior excavation and stonework, among other work.

Th last significant piece of the restoration was the unexpected need to replace the store’s septic system, which failed last November. Lord said that alone added more than $35,000 in costs. The Draper money and the incredibly fast and generous support of people in the community and the cooperation of the town made the new system possible before the hard winter set in.”

The Colebrook Store is located at the intersection of 183 and 182A in Colebrook’s historical district. Tax deductible donations are welcome and can be sent to The Colebrook Preservation Society, P.O. Box 24, Colebrook, CT 06021.