A second meeting concerning the New York Main Street Program, which provides financial and technical resources to help New York communities preserve and revitalize traditional main streets, downtowns and neighborhoods, was held by the village board Feb.16 at the Sexton Building.
Grants to help building owners spruce up their structures brought interest from local residents.
The Village Board held a second meeting about the New York Main Street Program, offering three funding categories: building renovation, downtown anchors and streetscape enhancement.
“The state is particularly interested in mixed-use main streets, the old fashioned main street that is Palmyra,” said Mayor Vicky Daly.
Building renovation targets interior building renovations for commercial and residential units; exterior renovation, storefront and facade improvement, which refers to the building itself and anything attached to it.
Grants of up to $50,000 per building, plus $25,000 per residential unit, not to exceed 75 percent of the total project cost, or $150,000 per building, are matching grants.
There is only one draw back when it comes to the grants.
“You receive the money — all of it, when the project is done,” said Daly.
Downtown anchor grants, matching grants of up to $250,000 per building, not to exceed 40 percent of the total project cost, are renovation grants to establish or expand commercial, cultural or civic anchors that are key to local revitalization efforts, such as the bank in downtown Lyons.
“It’s a whole different ball game, the building has a whole different sense,” Daly said.
Local possibilities for an anchor grant are the library and the Garlock House.
Streetscape enhancement grants, which are up to $60,000 with no match requirement, can be used for enhancements to public space in the Main Street target area. They must be ancillary to another Main Street grant property that is undergoing grant-based renovations.
As the local program administrator, the village of Palmyra will receive a 7.5 percent payment for administration and planning. This does not take away from funds available to grant recipients, Daly said.
If the village receives a Main Street grant, acceptance and review of local applications for funding will occur during the winter.
Many in attendance at the meeting expressed interest.
Amber Jenkins, director of operations for the Palmyra American Legion, is hopeful that a grant might fund a handicapped lift and bathroom in the lower level at the Post.
“We’ve been told that our downtown is so small that it all could be considered a target area and therefore other nearby buildings could be considered,” Daly said. “We’ll apply for anybody interested and see what happens.”