$11 million goes to restoration projects in Finger Lakes

$11 million goes to restoration projects in Finger Lakes

The Town of Irondequoit will receive $1 million toward the redevelopment of the former Irondequoit Mall through the Restore New York Communities Initiative.
The Town of Irondequoit will receive $1 million toward the redevelopment of the former Irondequoit Mall through the Restore New York Communities Initiative.

More than $11 million has been awarded to projects in the Finger Lakes region in the fifth round of the state’s Restore New York Communities Initiative.

Ten regional municipalities have been awarded $11.2 million to support revitalization efforts that range from rehabbed vacant buildings to demolition and redevelopment of a former mall. Statewide, nearly $81 million was awarded to 71 municipalities.

“Downtown communities are vital to keeping our economies thriving and to attracting businesses and families to put down their roots in New York,” Gov. Andrew Cuomo said in a statement this week. “The Restore New York Communities Initiative recognizes communities teeming with potential and invests in their transformation and their future, and turns them into neighborhoods New Yorkers are proud to call home.”

Projects in the Finger Lakes include:
• City of Rochester — $5 million for the rehabilitation of eight vacant privately owned properties, located on State Street and East Main Street. The plan includes interior and exterior building restoration and, when completed, roughly 145 new housing units will be created and 64,572 square feet of commercial space will be renovated;
• City of Canandaigua — $1 million for the rehabilitation of the abandoned former Labelon manufacturing facility at 10 Chapin St. into a mixed-use development with 52 residential units;
• Village of Holley — $1 million for the restoration and conversion of the former Holley High School at 1 Wright St. into Holley Gardens, a mixed residential/commercial facility to provide seniors with new, safe housing featuring senior focused amenities and updated, accessible office/meeting space for the community;
• Town of Irondequoit — $1 million for the redevelopment of the former Irondequoit Mall—the largest vacant property in Monroe County, with nearly 1 million square feet of former retail space—into SkyView on the Ridge, a mixed-use, multi-tenant space that will include office space, a community center, fitness facility and shared common area for tenants and customers;
• Village of Warsaw — $1 million for the demolition of a former nursing home on North Main Street. When the building is demolished, it will be combined with a neighboring parcel to create a two-story hotel;
• Village of Geneseo — $700,000 for the conversion of the former Livingston County Home into a multi-tenant commercial building;
• Village of Penn Yan — $500,000 for the rehabilitation of two buildings. The first will renovate the vacant top two floors of a multi-use building into market rate housing. The second building will be renovated into a mixed-use facility;
• Village of Webster — $500,000 for the rehabilitation of 22-42 E. Main St. to create commercial and residential properties along a contiguous stretch of six storefronts;
• Village of Avon — $400,000 to renovate the Park Theater into a mixed-use facility, including a community theater; and
• Village of Newark — $100,000 for the rehabilitation and adaptive reuse of the former St. Michael’s Parish Elementary School into 28 affordable apartments for seniors age 62 and over.

“Today’s announcement that the Finger Lakes region is receiving $11.2 million to support Restore NY projects is good news for the future of our region,” state Sen. Joseph Robach, R-Greece, said in a news release. “As a state, it is critically important that we continue to support projects and measures that work to revitalize neighborhoods and encourage greater community and economic development.”

Round 5 of the Restore initiative was enacted in the fiscal 2017 budget and Empire State Development was charged with implementing the program. Cities, towns and villages were eligible to apply for support for projects, and those in economically distressed communities were emphasized and encouraged, officials said.

“Restore New York partners with municipalities to back projects that can have a transformative impact on neighborhoods and downtowns throughout the state,” ESD President, CEO and Commissioner Howard Zemsky said. “With our support, cities and towns are tearing down vacant, blighted buildings and rehabilitating outdated structures to help revitalize their community and generate new economic opportunities.”

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