WASTE WATCHP.J. Berry's
from Eyewitness News Online
Building Gets $36,000 In Public Funds For Repairs
May 23, 2013
Recently, nearly a quarter million dollars in development grant funds were handed out to groups all across the state.
We've been going through the list, letting you know where your money is being spent.
Since 2010, P.J. Berry's has been serving delicious food and selling work by local artists right in the heart of Sutton.
While the business is only three years old, its home is much older.
The historic building was constructed in the 1800s and is named after one of Sutton's most prominent early citizens.
However, with age comes problems. The roof is in need of repair. Every time it rains, a waterfall cascades onto the second floor of the building.
A collection of plastic sheeting, pots and other containers is the only thing keeping the water from soaking the restaurant on the ground floor.
The building's owner received $36,000 in federal grant money handed out by the state division of culture and history.
Lex Degruyl said without that grant, it would have much more difficult for him to repair the roof and protect his small business.
“I think it adds to the town,” Degruyl said. “This has been a little bit of a dying town but it's coming back. We're trying to capitalize on the historical aspects of this town and this building has been around since the 1800s. Mr. Berry was a vital citizen of Sutton.”
Degruyl said he's hopeful the roof repair project will get underway this summer and be finished by the fall.
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