TROY - The Troy Sale Barn saga reached a turning point Tuesday that seemed to satisfy everyone involved with the effort to save the building.

At its meeting, Troy Borough Council unanimously accepted the recommendation of the general government committee on the sale barn - a decision aimed at its preservation and use by the community.

The recommendation calls for the management of the property, including authority over restoration and fund raising, to be turned over to the Troy Historical Society, according to the committee chairman Krystle Bristol, who provided the information about the recommendation.

The committee will meet with the historical society to go over its plans for the sale barn, to make sure the plans are viable.

If the plans are satisfactory to the committee, the borough will transfer the sale barn to the Troy Borough Municipal Authority, which will lease it to the Troy Historical Society.

Bill Brasington, treasurer of the historical society, called the action a "very important milestone" for the historical structure, the future of which has been a subject of much discussion in the borough this summer.

But Brasington noted that the hard work, or "heavy lifting," as he described it, is ahead.

The historical society must raise $150,000 to $200,000 to pay for needed repairs to the structure, according to Brasington.

He said it's envisioned that the sale barn could be a community center, with part of it serving as a performing arts venue. This part of the sale barn, he said, is an amphitheater and would be a unique experience for the performers and the audience, who would be in close proximity to one another. He compared it to Shakespeare's Globe Theatre.

Brasington said there has been talk of a jazz festival in Troy, and he thought the sale barn would be a great place for such an event. He also thought that its close proximity to restaurants in the downtown was a benefit, noting that people could dine in town and then walk to the sale barn to see a performance. The sale barn could even serve as a forum for speeches by political candidates, Brasington said.

The sale barn would also be a good place for the historical society's displays, and he said the history of the sale barn would be included.

While the sale barn's roof is good, Brasington said that foundation work is required. Footings to support the structure are needed. There are also broken windows to be repaired, and handicapped bathrooms must be built. In addition, the building must be painted. He said it would be painted light blue, which was its original color. He noted that it was originally called "The Pavilion," and efforts will be made to bring this moniker back into use.

Brasington said a proper construction plan, a business management plan, and a funding plan must be prepared. He hopes that everything can be wrapped up Jan. 1.

Brasington, who was happy that the sale barn was saved from what he called "the bulldozer," wore a T-shirt that had "Dreamers" written across it. He said those seeking to preserve the sale barn are just that.

It was built around 1920 by the Troy-Canton Holstein Association

Eric Hrin can be reached at (570) 297-5251; email: reviewtroy@thedailyreview.com.