Finger Lakes Museum gets grant funds

Gwen Chamberlain

The really big money might have gone to other regions of the state last week when more than $785 million in grant and tax credit awards were made in Albany, but several Yates County projects will get a piece of the $68.8 million awarded to the Finger Lakes Region.

John Adamski, president of the Finger Lakes Museum, the Yates County based project that will benefit the most commented, “Even though the Finger Lakes Regional Economic Development Council did not place among the top four award winners, it didn’t really lose either. As far as the museum is concerned, it’s another home run.”

The Finger Lakes region (Yates, Ontario, Orleans, Wyoming, Genesee,  Seneca, Livingston, Monroe and Wayne Counties) will be receiving a total of $68.8 million in grants and tax credits from New York state for its five-year economic development plan.

Here are the Yates County projects:

• Finger Lakes Museum will get a total of $2.28 million from Empire State Development, Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation and Environmental Facilities Corporation to begin renovations on the former Branchport Elementary School.

Renovations will include installation of a green roof, covering the roof with vegetation and a drainage system to absorb rainfall and limit stormwater runoff. Plans also call for restoring and protecting adjacent stream banks.

Adamski said, “This award pretty much keeps us on track with our phased timeline: Opening up exhibits and programs at the school by September 2012 and continuing with the exhibit-based design process for Keuka Lake State Park.”

• Document Reprocessors of New York will receive $750,000 for renovation of a building to house production for cleaning, scanning and reproduction of documents. The company, which is based in Middlesex, is planning to expand to a building in the Penn Yan Industrial Park.

• Mabrouka Properties, the company that is planning to purchase the former Dundee Foods facility on Seneca Street in Dundee, will receive $401,000 to help with the purchase and installation of food manufacturing equipment. The company will store bulk shipments of raw material foods (olive oil, olives, capers, sardines and other specialty foods, wines, liquers and raw materials imported from overseas).

• Housing: The Keuka Housing Council and the Bishop Sheen Ecumenical Housing Foundation will receive a total of  $1.7 million for programs to assist low and moderate income individuals purchase homes and to rehabilitate homes in Yates County.

One Yates County project that was not listed in the awards is the improvements to Penn Yan Village infrastructure to enable the marketing of the county-owned Penn Yan Marine Manufacturing property on the Keuka Outlet. Griffin had said the project was viewed as one of the region’s top economic development efforts, but he noted few infrastructure projects were included in the awards.