What a difference a year makes. Just over a year ago, the historic Kronenberg Building, also known to many as 12 Main St., in the Village of Hamburg, sat crumbling with an uncertain future.
It was empty, dangerous and the structure, which dates back to 1884, appeared headed for destruction to avoid falling down all together.
Then came along a company with a vision. Almost a year ago at this time, Tzetzo Companies, who purchased the building last year, gave The Sun a copy of a rendering of what it viewed as its future.
We are happy to report almost exactly one year after printing that drawing in the paper that the Kronenberg Building is more than just a major part of the Village of Hamburg’s past. Thanks to the vision and hard work of this company, it is also part of the future of a village, which has been revitalized in the last several years already.
We could not be happier about this development for a number of reasons.
First, there is nothing more frustrating than great plans that go awry. Tzetzo Companies have made it happen.
There is one client preparing to move in, while there is still space for another business looking to land in a great location in a thriving village.
During an unveiling on Friday, March 22, company officials were joined by many dignitaries, including village, town and county officials, to celebrate the rebirth of the Kronenberg Building.
As you walk down the main corridor, pictures hung which show the structures history, including old pictures of the Kronenberg store through the years, as well as pictures of the original owners.
In recent years, the building started to fall apart. Village officials were left in a quandary, which ultimately could have led to an amazing structure being torn down. Then the Tzetzo Companies rescued the structure from going to its final resting place.
Now, what seemed like then end of an era in Hamburg, is now the start of a second life.
Nobody seemed more relieved and happy than Mayor Thomas Moses on Friday, and for good reason. We are sure he did not want to be the mayor who had to make the difficult decisions that could lead to the removal of one of the village’s most historic buildings. He also knew that something had to be done or risk someone getting injured, or worse.
The harsh reality when it comes to historic buildings is, sometimes, they can not be saved. Sometimes it is difficult to save a structure when there is no vision on what it’s future use could be.
Fortunately, a lot of good things came together and the end result is that the only questions remain is who is going to occupy portions of the Kronenberg Building?
Congratulations to the Tzetzo Companies on a job well done and giving an important part of the Village of Hamburg’s history a bright, new future.
• In a year when it looked like villages that fall under the coverage area of The Sun were going to come away with no unexpected results due to uncontested races, the Village of Farnham will have a new trustee, Scott Cordia, following a successful write-in campaign to defeat incumbent Peter Zaenglein, 48-22.
We would like to congratulate Cordia on his win and wish him the best of luck as he fills the final year of a term originally held by Julie Ann Gibbons, who became mayor a year ago. Cordia will have to run for a full, four-year term in 2014.
• Spring is suddenly upon us – despite the recent snow – and on Sunday, children will be looking to find their Easter baskets. We would like to wish all of our readers a Happy Easter and hope it is a special day with your family.
For those who are looking to attend an Easter service at one of the churches in the area, turn to Pages 20-21 for a complete listing of services and times.