Rescue plan

US bailout funding available for Schuyler County company to renovate buildings

SCHUYLER COUNTY, NY (WETM) – The Schuyler County legislature has approved a plan that will allocate $ 350,000 to downtown businesses for improvements to facades and exterior buildings.

The county will cover 50 percent of the cost of the improvements, between $ 5,000 and $ 25,000, for those who qualify. Projects that would normally cost a business $ 50,000 would be cut in half, with the county picking up $ 25,000 of the bill.

If the eligible projects cost more than $ 50,000, the county would still cover the $ 25,000 and the company would be responsible for the remaining costs.

Schuyler County Administrator Fonda Chronis said the goal was to help beautify and improve the appearance of city centers.

“Hopefully, with the help of the county, people can invest in this and have a good first impression when people walk down our main streets and into our villages.”

Eligible businesses must be located in the targeted area which includes the following:

a. Burdett Village: NYS Route 79 from Southern Village Limit to Eastern Village
b. Village of Montour Falls: West Main Street and Rt 14 [Catharine St] between Marina Drive
and avenue du Collège.
vs. Odessa Village: NYS Route 224 [Main Street] between College Ave and the railway
D. Watkins Glen Village: NYS Route 14 [Franklin Street] from Fairgrounds Lane to 2nd Street.
and NYS Route 414 [4th Street] between Franklin Street and Decatur Street.

The property must be an existing commercial or mixed-use building. Single-family homes are not

Eligible properties must be covered by liability and risk insurance. The risk insurance of a property should be sufficient to cover all outstanding loans on the property and the full amount of grant funds provided.

Additional details on eligibility can be read below:

Applicants will be required to provide documents such as conceptual drawings, multiple project estimates, photos and a request. Chronis said the county plans to post the requests on the county’s website later this week.

Once available, nominations can be submitted to [email protected] or delivered in person / by mail to Schuyler County Partnership for Economic Development at 910 S. Decatur Street in Watkins Glen.

Chronis said that at the end of January, the County Council of Governments will meet and discuss funding and plans. The county’s objective is to channel the $ 350,000 allocated to the project to the community.

“We’ll see what the initial bundle brings, and then we’ll take it from there,” Chronis said when asked if the program could be scaled up.

Schuyler County received $ 3.45 million from the US bailout package signed by President Biden last year.