By Jeffery Smith firstname.lastname@example.org
BATH - The Village of Bath was recently awarded a $320,000 state grant to aid the village’s ongoing downtown revitalization efforts.
Mayor Bill von Hagn said the $320,000 Main Street Downtown Restoration Grant funds will be used for facade improvements and make other needed upgrades to five downtown buildings and to improve streetscape work.
“This is the first time we have received the Main Street Grant after years of applications,” von Hagn said. “It’s great to see this happen.”
Longwell Lumber & Building Co., at 31 W. Steuben St., will receive $20,295; the former Sherwood’s Wine & Liquor, at 12. W. Steuben St., will receive $40,345; Pizza Deelite, at 31-37 Liberty St., will receive $45,000; the three-story Shannon Building, 52-58 Liberty St., will receive $100,000; and Catholic Charities, at 23 Liberty St. will receive $50,000.
Von Hagn said the village will also receive $63,750 for streetscape work, administration and project delivery.
“It’s a 75/25 percent matching (state) grant,” von Hagn said. “You have to have the match to receive the funds.”
Mary Uruski, who purchased the former Sherwood’s Wine & Liquor building - which was devastated by fire in March 2014 - about a year ago, called the state grant “fantastic.”
“(Me and my husband have) bought a lot of property in the village and no one has ever given us money to fix one before,” Uruski said. “I think it’s just an absolutely wonderful project and I’m anxious to see the work start.”
Von Hagn said for the past four years the village unsuccessfully applied for the state Office of Community Renewal’s Main Street Grant.
“Two years ago, a Hunt Engineer suggested (the village) apply for a $20,000 technical assistance grant,” von Hagn said. “Which we received in 2015 and that helped us land the foundation for the main street grant.”
Von Hagn said when the village applied for the main street grant this summer, it used much of the data gained during the technical assistance grant.
“The timeline for the main street grant has not yet been set,” von Hagn said. “We just accepted the grant and we’re going to have some down time over the holidays, but we will start back up in early January.”
Uruski said work has begun on the badly damaged building, but the state funds will help the completion become a reality.
“(The mayor) did a great job with this grant (application),” Uruski said.
Von Hagn said the main street grant goes along with the work to upgrade Pulteney Park and recent upgrade to the downtown parking lot.
The state’s Main Street funding program seeks to assist communities in the downtown revitalization efforts, officials said. It provides funds to carry out local projects or programs that can effectively stimulate reinvestment in properties located within mixed-use commercial districts, neighborhoods and on historic main streets.
The 2016 grant will fund:
Longwell Lumber & Building Co., at 31 W. Steuben St., will receive $20,295, for facade upgrades, additional lighting, a new entry door and other upgrades.
The former Sherwood’s Wine & Liquor, 12 W. Steuben St., will receive to upgrade the second floor area into apartments and the first floor as a business location.
Pizza Deelite, at 31-37 Liberty St., will receive $45,000, for facade work.
The Shannon Building, 52-58 Liberty St., which will receive $100,000, to do upgrades throughout the large two-floor building and install an elevator.
Catholic Charities, at 23 Liberty St. which will receive $50,000, to do needed upgrades on the building.
Village of Bath, will receive $63,750 for streetscape, administration fees and project delivery.