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Watkins Glen car dealership among Restore NY grant winners: $2M will transform property

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Governor Kathy Hochul recently unveiled the allocation of over $112.9 million to various projects under the Restore New York Communities Initiative.


This plan, managed by Empire State Development, aims to rejuvenate cities across the state, enhancing the local housing market and stimulating commercial investment.

Key among the recipients is the Village of Watkins Glen, which has been granted $2 million to transform a former car dealership into a history center that will bring to life 75 years of racing history in the village.


The initiative will turn underutilized, vacant and blighted buildings into vibrant community centers and has awarded over $33 million for special projects, those aimed at addressing areas with highly visible blighted properties causing significant economic harm.

Watkins Glen’s redevelopment project will serve as a space for exhibitions, educational programs, tours, and various activities documenting and celebrating global motor racing history, helping foster economic activity and community engagement.