Watkins Glen, NY (WENY) – Last year the Governor announced that Watkins Glen would be the recipient of $10 million as part of the Downtown Revitalization initiative to help breathe new life into the area. Thursday afternoon Lt. Governor Kathy Hochul came to the downtown area to assess the project.
Downtown Watkins Glen is a vibrant area during the summer time and the money the village was awarded will help business continue to make improvements for the community.
“With this grant money that's coming into our village it will allow us to expand. We've expanded a little bit throughout the last 20 years but this way we can actually go a little bit larger and employ more people,” said Jackie H. Co-Owner of Great Escape Ice Cream Parlor.
A portion of the $10 million will be used to add a new skating rink, improve downtown housing for millennial's to have a living space upstairs with a co-workspace downstairs and replace all street lights along Franklin street to create an improved pedestrian experience.
“This is really an amazing community and we just need to spruce it up a little bit and that's what you're going to see after the 10 million dollars are spent, it's going to be a whole different community, unrecognizable to people who haven't been here in a few years,” said Lt. Gov. Kathy Hochul.
“We have two wonderful housing projects, we have downtown redevelopment projects, facade improvement projects, we're going to improve our east park connection between Clute Park and downtown. We're such a welcoming community that we really want to embrace that with new street lights, new planters and all of that,” said Kristin VanHorn, Director of Planning for Schuyler County.
The estimated time span for the downtown revitalization project is set to be finished in 2022 if not sooner.