ELMIRA, N.Y. (WENY) --- It's been almost six months since Governor Andrew Cuomo announced the nine projects selected for Elmira's Downtown Revitalization Initiative. And now, three of those nine are moving forward.
The first is the Activate Buildings Program, which would match grants needed for cosmetic upgrades to downtown buildings. The program would be for commercial renovations--such as upgrading signs outside of a store or minor interior projects.
The other piece--assistance for small business owners.
The Small Business Retail Grant Program would provide grants valued up to $15,000 dollars. This would be gap funding for owners who can also provide capital on their end.
"Permanent fixtures, lighting, shelving, commercial cooking equipment," says Jennifer Miller, Director of Community Development. "Anything to help them finish up the space, the storefront space, so they can actually create a business."
The city also announced solidified funding for the West Water Street project. $2.3 million has been awarded in Restore NY funds and $4 million in DRI funding.
"We get just as anxious as the public to get results," says Miller. "[So] it is exciting to get to a point where we can actually see construction happening in 2018."
Applications for both the Activate Buildings and Assist Small Businesses programs will be available come January.