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Fairport to offer grants for business facade improvements

The village of Fairport Local Development Corp. has expanded its reimbursement program to help Fairport village businesses impacted by the pandemic make necessary capital improvements.

FLDC has distributed $80,000 in grants through its Local Investments for Fairport’s Transformation (LIFT). Some 40 businesses have received grants for PPE, takeout supplies and other pandemic-related expenses.

The LIFT program will now be expanded to help owners of commercial properties or businesses make improvements that enhance the attractiveness of Fairport’s commercial corridor. An additional $70,000 will be committed to the new Sign, Façade and Street Frontage Grant Program. Grants of up to $10,000 will provide reimbursement for costs related to signage, awning, façade or street frontage improvements, officials said.

“The impacts of the pandemic on our small-business owners have forced many to utilize their limited capital resources to sustain their operations, precluding required maintenance and desired improvements,” said FLDC board Chairman Kevin Clark. “The Sign, Façade and Street Frontage Grant Program will help with those investments and underscores our commitment to ensuring the village of Fairport’s position as a premier community offering a diverse and vibrant business district for residents and visitors alike.”

More information can be found on the Village of Fairport Office of Community & Economic Development website.

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Monroe County gets its first EV fast charger hub

Monroe County has its first fast-charging station for electric vehicles.

New York state late last month unveiled the new station in the village of Fairport. The Direct Current Fast Charger hub is the sixth station completed as part of a statewide Evolve NY charging network being installed along key travel corridors and in urban areas to encourage travelers to drive electric vehicles. The New York Power Authority initiative makes charging quick and convenient and helps the state meet its ambitious clean energy goals.

“The Power Authority is building a robust network of fast, affordable and reliable public charging stations across the state while simultaneously working to raise awareness of the benefits of electric vehicles,” said NYPA President and CEO Gil Quiniones. “Fairport continues to step up as a leader in the Finger Lakes region and show a firm commitment to reducing greenhouse gas emissions and integrating EVs into its community.”

The new 175 kW two-charger hub is located in the parking lot for Fairport Village Landing and is the first fast charger over 50 kW that provides non-proprietary charging in Monroe County. The hub features a dedicated Tesla adapter cable and can power any compatible electric vehicle.

In addition to the new DCFC units, which will support rapid charging of person and rideshare vehicles, the village is collaborating with the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority and Electric Power Research Institute to install 50 home charging stations and 28 Level 2 public chargers elsewhere in the community.

“The Village of Fairport is so proud to have a long and advantageous partnership with the New York Power Authority. This latest endeavor continues to promote our mutual interest by providing green infrastructure for use by all consumers as we progress electric vehicle usage into our daily lives,” said Fairport Mayor Julie Domaratz.

Access to fast chargers, which can charge compatible EVs in as little as 20 minutes, fills key gaps to wider adoption of EVs, making them an easier and more realistic choice for drivers. Charging times vary based on the vehicles’ on-board charging equipment and the vehicle’s battery capacity. Level 2 chargers can take up to six hours for a full charge and are intended for use while drivers are working or shopping.

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Fairport expands LIFT Grant program

The Village of Fairport Local Development Corp. LIFT Grant program has been expanded to provide cash assistance to village retail and restaurant businesses impacted by COVID-19.

The LIFT grant program was introduced in August 2020 to provide reimbursement for purchases of COVID-related supplies, services and renovations to enable businesses to adapt to COVID-19 restrictions.

With the program expansion, retailers and restaurants in the village of Fairport that are forced to close due to required quarantine and isolation orders may be eligible for $100 per day, up to a maximum of $1,000, for each normally scheduled business day that the entity is closed due to COVID orders.

“We recognize the important role that our businesses play in making the village of Fairport a unique destination for shopping, dining and entertainment,” said Kevin Clark, FLFDC board chairman “This expansion will help our especially hard-hit village retailers and restaurants as they adapt to these ongoing challenges. The LIFE Grant program underscores our commitment to ensuring the future of the village of Fairport as a diverse and vibrant business district for residents and visitors alike.”

The program also will provide up to $1,000 to offset the higher costs of takeout supplies and third-party delivery fees incurred by village restaurants, officials said. More information can be found at

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