State awards money for local projects
TRI-COUNTY AREA--Last week, Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced projects across the state that have been selected to receive monetary awards. The greater Finger Lakes region received $63.9 million for 110 projects. Yates County had six projects awarded state funds.
The largest dollar amount went to the village of Dundee for the "Green Gateway Streetscape Improvement" project in the amount of $1,325,000. Details of the project include: use of porous pavement, stormwater street trees, bioretention bump outs and downspout disconnections to implement a new stormwater management system along the downtown corridor.
$500,000 was presented to Yates Cultural Recreational Resources, Inc. for the Yates County Recreation Complex in Penn Yan. The project description says the group will create a recreation complex containing athletic fields, pavilions and walking trails, a parking lot, and road access to fields, electrical infrastructure, drainage and irrigation.
The third award was given to the Finger Lakes Economic Development Center for revitalization on Penn Yan's Main Street. $300,000 will go to help with the renovation of mixed-use buildings located in the village.
The other three awards were for $41,597, $30,000 and $17,500 and went to the Vine Valley boat launch facility, an inflow and infiltration study in Dundee, and Seneca Lake irrigation, respectively.
In Steuben County, the town of Urbana was the recipient of $683,603 for Keuka Lake waterfront access improvements. Work will include designing and constructing improvements along Keuka Lake to increase public access and create a continuous connection between the Hammondsport central business district, Depot Park, Curtiss Park and Champlin Beach. Construction will include a pedestrian bridge over the Keuka Inlet, a boardwalk and a bird watching observation tower to access the adjacent wetland areas, trailheads and kiosks, an Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) compliant kayak launch and a trail through Curtiss Park connecting to Champlin Beach.
Schuyler County received five awards in the state announcement. The largest was for $1,319,362, going for the redevelopment of the Seneca Lake waterfront. Projects will include design and construction of a four-season pavilion including restrooms, a commercial grade kitchen at Clute Park and preparation of a Reuse Feasibility Study to explore options for redevelopment of the soon to be decommissioned lakefront waste water treatment plant.
"These awards are critical to building the foundations for New York's future and ensuring that our economic momentum continues," Cuomo said. "I congratulate each of the Councils on their awards and look forward to continuing to partner to keep our communities vibrant and thriving for years to come."
All the awards can be viewed at www.ny.gov/sites/ny.gov/files/atoms/files/7AwardsREDCRound7Bookletdjunys.pdf.