It’s official!
The Thorne Building is located on Franklin Avenue and will soon be converted into a multi-purposecommunity center. Photo submitted

It’s official!

After more than 125 years, the Thorne Memorial Building no longer belongs to the Village of Millbrook. Following many years of pondering what should become of the historic building, numerous public hearings and countless informational sessions, the one-time public high school is now part of the Millbrook Community Partnership 501(C)3. It will soon be transformed into a community center for the both the village and town to enjoy. It is part of a joint project with the former Bennett College property, part of which is being transformed into a public park. 

Millbrook Mayor Tim Collopy described what it was like to formally sign the title of the building over to the nonprofit on Tuesday, Aug. 17, after so many years of waiting. 

“I am very excited that we have achieved this important milestone so that the Millbrook Community Partnership can begin converting the abandoned Thorne Memorial School Building into the Thorne Building Community Center.” 

The title was transferred quietly and privately, but many, the mayor predicted, will be happy to hear that the historic moment was finally reached.

— Judith O’Hara Balfe

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