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Richardson going Nowhere Fast.

By Tim Tielman
Eighteen months ago there was so much hope for the Richardson Complex. After two tries, Governor Pataki submitted, and the Legislature approved, an $80 million plan to save the largest building H.H. Richardson ever designed, plus grounds by Frederick Law Olmsted and outbuildings by E.B. Green. This was only accomplished after community pressure and a law suit against the state.
Now it appears that the complex will go through yet another winter of crumbling without so much as a dime spent on stabilizing and repairing the collapsing walls and roofs. Passing a budget item and actually spending the the money are two different things, and it looks increasingly like neither the Governor or the Legislature has any intention of spending money on anything but the central Administration buildings and the stone pavilions. The brick pavilions and outbuildings can continue to rot and fall down. Or burn down, as E. B. Green’s beautiful Men’s Home of 1895, did on June 10. Next? Green’s last standing building on the site, the Community Store. Is the old policy of benign neglect still in force? Assemblyman Sam Hoyt perhaps said as much, when he stated that “you can’t save everything.”