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Cayuga County approves $200K for Sterling Nature Center

Cayuga County’s Legislature has approved an extra $200,000 from federal COVID-19 relief funds for the Sterling Nature Center’s new interpretive building. The additional funding, announced in a special meeting, addresses unforeseen changes in the construction project, including plumbing, heating, and flooring adjustments. This decision highlights the commitment to completing the project, which has faced multiple change orders since its inception in 2022 due to material delays.

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The Sterling Nature Center project, benefiting from a $3.8 million state grant from the Lake Ontario Resiliency and Economic Development Initiative, aims to enhance the facility with a 5,000-square-foot interpretive center and trail repairs. Despite the project nearing a $5 million total cost, the state grant, federal relief funds, and a nonprofit grant have collectively shouldered the financial burden.

With the project’s completion in sight, the additional federal funds ensure the nature center can open to the public without further delay. This move underscores the county’s efforts to use the remaining American Rescue Plan Act funding effectively, ensuring the Sterling Nature Center can serve as a valuable resource for the community and visitors.