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Yates legislature backs three major projects, two that could receive federal funding

The Yates County Legislature is backing three projects, including two seeking federal funding and a trolley business that may have stops in the county.

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The Legislature, at a special meeting on Wednesday, authorized a letter of support for the Yates Community Center fieldhouse project, which is expected to cost $5 million. The fieldhouse will be located close to the existing fitness center and will offer indoor sports and events facilities, including two hard courts, a large turf field, and a walking track.

The county’s economic developer, Steve Griffin, said the project’s organizers are working with local businesses and contractors to provide products and work at cost. Community center officials are seeking federal funding to push the project over the finish line.

The Legislature also approved a letter of support for Finger Lakes Tourism Alliance, a Penn Yan-based agency that is requesting $2.25 million in federal funding for a $3 million building project. The proposed building would provide office space, a community meeting/educational space, interpretive center, staff space for a potential National Heritage Area, and an opportunity for other organizations to have a larger presence in the region with exhibits.

In addition, the Legislature approved a statement of support for Lakeside Trolley, a new business based in Watkins Glen that may have stops at various locations in Yates County. The details of the project were not immediately available as the owner of Lakeside Trolley, Katrina Gonsorick, did not respond to requests for comment.

The Legislature had already allocated $2 million for the community center fieldhouse project, while the Finger Lakes Tourism Alliance had raised $750,000 for its proposed building.