Wayne & Cayuga Counties Land $4.6 Million in NYS Economic Development Funds

    By on December 18, 2015
    • The South Street Neighborhood Sewer Installation project in Red Creek was awarded $596,000 in New York State Community Development Block Grant program funds as part of the 2015 Regional Economic Development Council Consolidated Funding Application.

    $596,000 for Red Creek Sewer Project

    Wayne County will receive approximately $2.5 million, to be spread out among 10 projects, under the Finger Lakes Region component of Regional Economic Development Council (REDC) funds.

    Bob McNary, Wayne County Director of Economic Development and Planning, and Ora Rothfuss, Wayne County Agriculture Development Specialist, both described the winning projects when questioned after the awards announcement was made.

    The biggest single Wayne County award was $1 million for Wayne-Finger Lakes Board of Cooperative Educational Services (BOCES) for the purchase of new equipment for the Advanced Manufacturing Skills Secondary Education Project that will allow participants to gain the skills needed in the current and emerging industry job market.

    The $1 million BOCES project is part of the Upstate Revitalization Initiative.

    “That’s a nice chunk of change,” McNary said of the project.

    The remaining nine funded Wayne County projects are Consolidated Funding Application (CFA) awards.

    The Village of Red Creek was awarded $596,000 in Community Development Block Grant funds to construct a low-pressure, sanitary sewer force main along South Street.

    Red Creek Village Mayor Chuck Palermo was notified of the award in a letter from James S. Rubin, Commissioner of NYS Homes and Community Renewal.

    “On behalf of Gov. Andrew Cuomo and the Housing Trust Fund Corporation, it is my pleasure to inform you that the Village of Red Creek has been awarded $596,000 in New York State Community Development Block Grant program funds as part of the 2015 Regional Economic Development Council (REDC) Consolidated Funding Application (CFA) round,” Rubin said in the letter.

    In addition to its $1 million award, Wayne Finger-Lakes BOCES was awarded $65,120 to train 37 unemployed workers as certified nurse assistants, and $33,600 to train seven unemployed workers as commercial drivers.

    The Village of Palmyra also came out a winner with two projects. It was awarded $192,500 for the Palmyra Canal Trail Connector and Terminal Wall extension project, which includes the installation of an approximately 3,200-linear-foot trail connecting the village marina to the village’s downtown, as well as four wayfinding signs, and one enhanced crosswalk and pedestrian crossing signs.

    The Village of Palmyra was also awarded $124,000 for the installation of an approximately 300 linear-foot concrete retaining wall from the existing boat launch at the end of Park Drive along Mill Brook, which will provide frontage for boaters to dock and come ashore. It will also beautify the canalside and provide erosion and sediment protection.

    Other awards were as follows:

    • $300,000 for the Historic Cornwall Estate Ontario Nature Park Acquisition Project in which the Genesee Land Trust will purchase 74 acres of the Cornwall Estate lakeshore property in Williamson. The land trust will create a nature park with public access, outdoor recreation, critical migratory bird habitat and two thirds of a mile of natural lakeshore. “This is not going to be developed. They’ll have public access, but they’re not going to put a lot of trails and picnic tables and parking areas and things like that. It will be more of a nature park where people can come and see the natural shoreline and the wildlife,” Rothfuss said.

    • $76,387 for Beechwood State Park amenities in the Town of Sodus. The town will install electrical service and municipal water at the former Scout camp. Rothfuss said the project is intended to improve the public’s experience and safety at the park. The project will allow the park to serve the campers and day-use visitors and advance to the next phase, renovating the former mess hall as a modern meeting facility for public meetings, picnics and weddings, Rothfuss said

    • $30,000 for a Village of Sodus engineering planning study. The village will complete an engineering report to evaluate the condition of the existing wastewater treatment plan. “Anything that offers an opportunity for sewage effluent to be treated, and possibly even more commercial or industrial hookups, would be good,” McNary said.

    • $72,965 for Wayne County Soil and Water Conservation District’s stream management of the Lower Ganaragua Creek. The Wayne County Soil and Water Conservation District will conduct stream restoration activities at 25 locations along the Lower Ganaragua Creek involving natural stream design and riparian buffers reducing sediment loads to Ganaragua Creek.

    Rochester Impact

    A major part of the Finger Lakes REDC funds went to projects in Rochester, which was recently selected as the site for a national Institute for Manufacturing Innovation, focusing on the field of photonics, for which the state has committed $250 million.

    The Finger Lakes URI plan consists of three industry clusters that will act as the core drivers of job growth: optics, photonics, and imaging; agriculture and food production; and next generation manufacturing and technology.

    Top projects this year, according to Cuomo’s announcement, include:

    • Sibley Building Phase II – $3.5 million

    This $65 million project represents the second phase of a comprehensive, $200 million redevelopment strategy for the 1.1 million square-foot historic Sibley department store building in downtown Rochester. Phase II will include market rate and middle income apartments, office space, retail space, an urban farmers market, and underground parking.

    • University of Rochester Goergen Institute for Data Science – $1 million

    The University of Rochester adopted data science as its top priority in its strategic plan and announced a $50 million effort to create an internationally distinguished institute for data science. The university seeks to construct a new 60,000 square-foot facility that will be the academic home for the New York State Center of Excellence in Data Science.

    • Energy Storage Ecosystem Resources – $2 million

    This project involves fitting up space in Eastman Business Park, including the purchase and installation of equipment required to perform safety testing and certification for energy storage devices at the BEST Test Commercialization Center and to provide cylindrical cell prototyping capabilities at the Battery Prototyping Center on the campus of Rochester Institute of Technology.

    Regional Councils

    The 10 Regional Councils were established by Cuomo in 2011 with the intent of transforming the state’s approach to economic development from a top down model to one that is community based.

    Since 2011, the Regional Council process has awarded nearly $4 billion to more than 4,100 job creation and community development projects across New York State, supporting the creation or retention of more than 165,000 jobs.

    Cayuga County Benefits from RED Council Funds

    Ten projects in Cayuga County were funded under the 2015 round of the Central New York Regional Economic Development Council program.

    Upstate Revitalization Initiative Funds

    • $50,000 — Lake View Manufacturing, LLC: The Aurora Shoe Co. will build an addition to the existing manufacturing facility. This will provide additional manufacturing and inventory space to accommodate expected wholesale growth in the Asia-Pacific region.

    • $1.5 million — Inns of Aurora, LLC: The Inns of Aurora in the Village of Aurora will add a spa to be located in a restored mansion, an event center to be located on current farmland, a new support facility for all the Inn’s properties that will house a laundry and maintenance operation, and improvements to the village infrastructure.

    Consolidated Funding Application Awards

    • $49,500 — Canal Society of New York State: The Canal Society of New York State will expand the Executive Director position to foster supportive relationships among the Society’s board, membership, public agencies, the local community, and the Heritage Park’s contractors and consultants.

    • $58,000 — Cayuga County: The Cayuga County Department of Planning and Economic Development will assist the Village of Union Springs and Town of Springport in preparing a joint Waterfront Revitalization Plan.

    • $35,000 — Cayuga County: Cayuga County will implement a priority action in the Owasco Lake Watershed Management Plan by incorporating the Environmental Protection Agency’s nine key elements. The additional elements will include quantitative evaluation of current pollutant load by subwatershed, as well as a projection of estimated load reductions from the implementation of targeted best management practices.

    • $210,000 — Cayuga County Soil and Water Conservation District: The Cayuga County Soil and Water Conservation District will stabilize road ditches throughout the Owasco Lake watershed, reducing the amount of nutrient rich sediment entering Owasco Lake.

    • $150,000 — Howland Stone Store Museum: The Opendore Phase 3 project includes the reconstruction of the west wing, emphasizing universal accessibility. The project will provide access to both the first and second floors for staff, volunteers, visitors, and researchers, as well as basic support facilities for those using the building for community oriented events.

    • $25,000 — Village of Cayuga: The Village of Cayuga will prepare zoning revisions to support the implementation of the Cayuga Comprehensive Plan. This project is the second phase of a local planning effort that involves an inclusive public outreach process and supports sustainable economic growth consistent with regional goals.

    • $20,000 — Village of Fair Haven: The Village of Fair Haven will conduct a feasibility study for building renovations and reuse in the downtown area.

    • $63,000 — CNY Arts: CNY Arts will produce promotional tools for the arts and culture assets in Cayuga, Cortland, Herkimer, Madison, Oneida, Onondaga, and Oswego Counties.

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