Catskill Interpretive Center--
1. The Friends are in the process of demonstrating that the
project is a priority for the region, especially for the towns
of Shandaken, Olive, and Woodstock; and for Ulster and Delaware
2. The political leadership of the State of New York must
be convinced to assume the burden of the basic operation of
the Center, and to appropriate capital funds for the construction
3. The Friends will have to raise enough non-state funds to
entice the State to make its own commitments.
The original budget for construction (without furnishing and
exhibits) was of $3.68 million. The exhibits have been designed,
but its production was estimated to require a further $0.4
million. The furnishing was, as far as it is known, never
estimated, but an estimate is $0.25 million (in 1992 dollars).
Hence, the total is of $4.33 million. Since 1992, inflation
has multiplied costs by a factor of 1.48, resulting in an
estimated budget for the project of $6.41 million, rounded
to $6.50 million. To this amount should be added $0.50 million
for modifications of past plans, and for the use of information
technology, which did not exist at the time the plans were
formulated. Hence, the total cost of the project is estimated
at $7.0 million.
The Friends commit to raise from non-state sources 25% of
this amount, $1.75 million, resulting in a request from the
State of New York for the DEC of $5.25 million. Of the $1.75
million to be raised by The Friends, $1.65 million should
be raised from foundations and individuals, and $0.10 million
from local governments.