WENY News - Large turnout for second Watkins Glen DRI public workshop

Large turnout for second Watkins Glen DRI public workshop

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December 13, 2017 

WATKINS GLEN, NY (WENY) -- The Watkins Glen Community is continuing to work on prioritizing how it will use the $10 million Downtown Revitalization Initiative (DRI) award, first announced back in August. 

It was a packed house Wednesday night at the Watkins Glen Community Center for the second public engagement session. 

Committee members talked about some of the submitted project ideas, including lighting for the village, and facade improvement programs. 

Then it was time to get active!
"One thing is it really enhances the experience so that the public really feels engaged. And we're using stickers in the sense that it's kind of elementary, if you will, but it really shows us when we stand back, what are the priorities, what do people like," says Laurie DeNardo, Co-Chair of the DRI Committee. 

DeNardo explains there were initially about 30 private and public project proposals. Organizers extended the call for ideas to December 8th, which drew in nearly 20 more concepts. 
"It's a really cool breadth of things, from new put-puts to a breadth of expansion for Captain Bill's, we're looking at a new brewery, a couple new restaurants. Definitely improvements for the local business," DeNardo says. 

The input from Wednesday's public meeting will be brought to upcoming committee meetings, which will eventually help determine what projects will be submitted to the state.

"We're right in the center of our time frame to the state so we're about half way there. We'll have one additional workshop for the public where we'll kind of look at the projects deeper and get more details, and then submit to the state by March," DeNardo explains. 

The link for the Watkins Glen DRI website, where you can submit comments, and examine the winning application can be found here: https://www.ny.gov/downtown-revitalization-initiative/southern-tier-watkins-glen 

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