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Hammondsport and Urbana will share $4.5M NY Forward grant

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Governor Kathy Hochul has announced a $4.5 million award to Hammondsport and Urbana, marking a significant milestone for the Southern Tier communities under the 2024 NY Forward program. This funding aims to rejuvenate the Urbana/Hammondsport area, focusing on completing the Waterfront Master Plan initiated in 2015. The plan seeks to leverage the waterfront and downtown areas to attract private investments, enhancing access and visibility for businesses and tourists alike. The recent designation of Hammondsport as a New York State Historic District underscores the region’s cultural significance and potential for growth.

The allocated funds will be dedicated to revitalizing downtown neighborhoods and fostering long-term economic opportunities, as outlined in the strategic goals of the Waterfront Master Plan. Local leaders, including Hammondsport Mayor Jean Jensen and Urbana Town Supervisor K. David Durepo, expressed enthusiasm for the grant, highlighting its potential to enhance the attractiveness and livability of the area. The development of a Strategic Investment Plan will guide the revitalization efforts, with a Local Planning Committee overseeing project selection based on their potential to jumpstart the community’s renewal.

State officials, including Senator Tom O’Mara and Assemblymember Phil Palmesano, lauded the grant as a transformative opportunity for Steuben County. The NY Forward program’s focus on supporting smaller, rural communities is seen as pivotal to ensuring equitable development across New York State, promising a brighter future for Hammondsport and Urbana through strategic investments in their downtown areas and waterfront.