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Schuyler County boosts downtown revitalization with grant program

The Schuyler County Legislature, in collaboration with the Schuyler County Partnership for Economic Development (SCOPED), is welcoming applications for the final round of the Downtown & Business ARPA Program. This initiative, aimed at revitalizing downtown areas, offers matching grants for facade improvements to building owners of commercial and mixed-use properties. So far, the program has allocated $280,000 in matching grants, demonstrating the county’s commitment to enhancing the visual appeal and functionality of its business districts.

Eligible for properties located within a half-mile radius of the business districts in Watkins Glen, Odessa, Montour Falls, and Burdett, the program allows applicants to seek grants ranging from $5,000 to $25,000, for projects costing between $10,000 and $50,000. As a reimbursement initiative, applicants are required to demonstrate the financial capability to complete their projects before receiving funds, ensuring that the grants are effectively utilized for the intended improvements.

The program’s success has spurred discussions among county legislators about its expansion and continuation with modifications to increase its impact across Schuyler County. With a total private investment of $850,000 from twelve property owners, offset by $190,000 in grants, the program has proven to be a significant economic boost. SCOPED will continue to oversee the application process, offering guidance to applicants. Interested parties are encouraged to apply by March 1, 2024, for this opportunity to contribute to the vibrancy and economic health of Schuyler County’s downtown communities.