Frequently Asked Questions
The Restore Forward project is a proposed retreat center that will adaptively reuse the former Air Force Test Annex site, located on Webster Hill Road, in Ava New York.
Owned and operated by the Black Women's Blueprint (BWB), the purpose of the retreat center will be to create a serene location where people from the town of Ava, Boonville, surrounding communities and beyond can come to visit, retreat, and participate in the following:
recreational activities like fishing, skiing, picnics, camping, hiking/walking trails, and wildlife observation; and
holistic activities, like yoga, reiki, spa, meditation, pottery, Zen gardens, gardening, workshops, art, silent retreats, book readings, farming, and food as medicine.
The site for Restore Forward was chosen because of its beautiful environment, rural character, and the opportunity to live in harmony with people and nature. To protect these characteristics, the project will be designed and developed in a way that respects and upholds these principles. To ensure our project is consistent with the Town's policies and goals, the project site and conditions have been carefully studied and the natural resources needing protection have been identified.
To read our preliminary sketch plan as presented to the town of Ava, click here
Who would be allowed access to this facility?
We celebrate human diversity and strive for the broadest representation of perspectives in all that we do. We believe in and stand by equity for all. Restore Forward will be open to all who uphold the values of honoring the land and all peoples. Amenities will be accessible to the general public.
How can I support your work?
What kinds of partners are you seeking for this project?
Are you required to get public approval of the project and plan?
Black Women’s Blueprint is undergoing the legal process as well as the process required by the town of Ava and the State of New York to undergo approval which includes public input.
What stages of the planning and implementation process are you and your team in?
Will there be a public forum for community members to provide input? When and where?
What is the plan to comply with the Town of Ava's Comprehensive Plan?
How will the property be used?
Will this project impact the environment?
Who owns the land that Restore Forward is going to be built on?
Black Women's Blueprint (BWB) purchased the land on Webster Hill Road, Ava New York, in 2020. Black Women’s Blueprint is a civil and human rights organization with its headquarters in Brooklyn, New York and an office at 201 Main Street, in Boonville, NY.
Is there a site plan?
Please see image below.
What is the purpose of the retreat center?
How are you funded?
Black Women's Blueprint is a registered 501c3 non-profit organization. We are securing charitable dollars from individuals and foundations. Please be in touch if you wish to make a charitable contribution.