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Canandaigua ponders Downtown Revitalization Initiative participation

The state’s Downtown Revitalization Initiative is the economic development prize every community wants to win.

For the City of Canandaigua, there’s interest in working to win it. It would be the fifth time that the city has moved to do it.

However, as reports have pointed out – a passerby might not think downtown needs revitalization. As far as downtown spaces are concerned in the Finger Lakes – Canandaigua has one of the best.

That said, Canandaigua City Council has it on their radar, and they’d like to see additional improvements made.

John Goodwin, City Manager, tells that the goal is to approach it differently in 2020.

There are differences on city council on how to approach. Some are concerned about costs associated with application, while others are concerned that the city hasn’t taken a nuanced enough approach yet.

Penn Yan and Seneca Falls were the last two winners in the Finger Lakes region.