What is it?

Earlville for Earlville is a community-based group focused on understanding the needs of Earlville and taking action to address those needs.

Who is it?

The Earlville for Earlville project is led by a partnership that includes the Village of Earlville, the Town of Hamilton, Town of Sherburne, the Earlville Free Library, the Partnership for Community Development, the Upstate Institute at Colgate University, and others. Most importantly, the project will include anyone who lives or has lived in Earlville; property owners, businesses, and even includes our youth. The project will provide several ways for any residents who want to share their voice to be included in the conversation.

Featured Project: Fayette Park Manor

Christopher Community, Inc., the Village of Earlville, and the Partnership for Community Development are working together to address the unmet need for high-quality affordable housing options for seniors in the Village of Earlville and the surrounding community. This project addresses the vacant former school building at 39 Fayette Street, Earlville, a property that for many years has not been maintained in a utilized in a way conducive to the growth and character of the community.

Fayette Park Manor will include 45 units of affordable supportive housing for seniors ages 55+. Rents will be set between 30%-60% of area median income. Twenty units will be set aside for the frail elderly, with on-site support services provided by Crouse Community Center. These units will receive rental subsidies through the Empire State Housing Initiative.

The existing three-story section of the school building will be rehabilitated, and the newer one-story addition will be demolished and replaced with a new three-story addition that will more closely match the appearance of the original building. This project also coincides with the Partnership for Community Development’s efforts to revitalize the adjacent park and playground. PCD is working to secure grant funding to transform the park in to a high-quality public space for recreation, fitness, community activities, and social interaction for people of all ages.

Rural revitalization projects like Fayette Park Manor and Fayette Street Park require strategic collaboration and combined resources and expertise to promote holistic change. These projects are critical to the health and well-being of this community.

Fayette St. Park

In 2020, Earlville for Earlville and the Partnership for Community Development (PCD) worked with a Cornell DesignConnect team on redesigning the park on Fayette St. The student team distributed a survey to the community to learn about the main concerns and priorities for the park. The survey showed that fixing the skate park and playground were the community’s highest priorities. The final design concept included an expanded playground, a new skate park, and a walking trail around the edge of the property. We decided to focus first on redesigning the playground and skate park. In 2021, we hired a consultant who worked with E4E and the Earlville community to refine the intial concept into a design for creative, welcoming space for children, teens, and adults alike.

In the fall of 2021, we held two community open houses at The Bell Tree to gather feedback on our proposed designs. At the first open house, attendees were asked to fill out a survey as they made their way around several stations showing different potential designs for the new park. At the second, attendees gave feedback on a single draft design. E4E members had many productive conversations with community members who discussed their ideas with us and expressed excitement that a community space like this could exist in Earlville. The final design included all the elements of the existing park, re-imagined into new forms, including a skate park with an added pump track, an expanded playground with a mix of play structures and natural play spaces, and shaded patios and a garden walkway for adults.

In 2024, the site of the former Earlville school adjacent to the park was purchased by Christopher Community, Inc., a developer specializing in affordable family and senior housing. After evaluating the site, CCI decided to rehabilitate the old school building into 42 units of affordable senior housing. This proposal is incredibly exciting, since Earlville and the surrounding areas are facing a severe shortage of senior housing for residents who want to downsize while remaining in their community. The Fayette Park Manor project also gives us a further opportunity to re-imagine the park space again, this time as a multi-generational gathering space. We again worked with PCD to help us design a space that will keep the valuable playground and skate park features, and also incorporate our priorities for multi-generational recreation, including a short walking trail, fitness equipment, court games, and small outdoor performance space.

We have been working with PCD and the Village of Earlville to secure state grant funding for this project.

Main Street Grant Program

In 2021, the PCD assisted Madison County in receiving $225,000 from the NYS Main Street Grant Program to rehabilitate underutilized properties in downtown Earlville. The funding was awarded to four owners of commercial and mixed-use properties. The Madison County Department of Planning is working with the awardees to complete their projects.

 E4E Steering Committee

Rachel Amman Burns-The Bell Tree

Michelle Connelly- Earlville Opera House

Gerry Hayes- Village of Earlville Board 

Mark Golden-Golden Artist Colors

Shari Taylor-Hamilton Town Board/Earlville Free Library

Jessica Graybill-Colgate University/Village resident

Charlie Mastro-Town of Sherburne 

Isaac Garner-Youth representative

Margaret Corey-Sherwood-Village of Earlville/business owner 

Karla Vanderneut- NBT Bank

Eve Ann Shwartz- Town of Hamilton, Supervisor

Kelly Beach- Village of Earlville, Clerk 

Jessica Moquin-Village of Earlville resident


Want to learn more? Contact Jocelyn Gavitt at [email protected] or 315-825-3537.