What's new at the Old Franklin Schoolhouse? Quite a lot, actually...
On October 11, 2017, the Borough Improvement League was delighted to be the 5% day recipient for Opening Day for the new Whole Foods Market in Metuchen! We will soon be getting a check for $9854.41 to use towards a variety of sustainable projects at the property.
Matching gifts from Merck, Verizon, and Schwab allowed us to fix & re-key the kitchen cabinets (Fall 2017).
A landscaping project, an outdoor pathway linking the front door to the back, is now complete (Summer 2017).
Our restroom renovation is complete! An amazing 'transformation' took place in January 2016, under the management of BIL member Jennifer Kelly. It's just stunning!
In addition to continuing electrical work, the plaster walls inside the building were repaired and repainted in the summer of 2015. This was done just after the installation of our new gallery hanging system for "Transformations Gallery," and after the air conditioning system was upgraded.
Also, the summer of 2015, our shed was transformed into art as part of the Junebug Artfest by Allison Doatch, Maja Opacic, and Chris Ernst.
2014 and 2015 Eagle Scout candidate projects have raised the funds for and installed a fencing around the property, and on the inside installed custom radiator covers - these projects not only beautify the schoolhouse but will help keep the little ones safe!
A couple of years ago, Eagle Scout Candidate Greg Berman completed a project (under the guidance of our Men's BIL group member Rich Pearsall) which addressed the water drainage issue at the rear of the property .Greg worked with Brian Scott of Elite Landscaping and Barton’s Nursery to obtain technical advice and donations of materials to help solve the rainwater runoff we have been having during the last couple of years. They used 10 tons of stone and two yards of dirt along the way – in addition raking up literally dozens of bags of leaves!