New York State Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo recently announced nearly $40 million will be awarded to 75 municipalities through Round 4 of the Restore New York Communities Initiative. That includes a $500,000 grant for North Tonawanda's Downtown Gateway Project, including the redevelopment of two properties in the city.
An old warehouse, located at 211 Main St., is slated to be "repurposed into first class office space," said Assemblyman Robin Schimminger, who helped create the Restore New York program. Also, a vacant property at 110 Sweeney St., will house a restaurant, retail space and upper story apartment units.
"This project grant will lead to a more vibrant, picturesque community for the residents of and visitors to the Lumber City," Schimminger said.
Restore New York supports municipal revitalization efforts across the state, helping to reinvigorate downtowns and generate economic opportunity in communities.
"These projects will help bring new vitality and opportunities for growth to communities across New York by transforming blighted properties and making key infrastructure investments," Cuomo said. "With this funding, we are helping to build stronger regional economies and are laying the foundation for a more prosperous New York for all."
Cuomo enacted the Restore New York Communities Initiative in the fiscal year 2016 state budget and designated Empire State Development to implement the program. Round 4 launched in June 2016. Cities, towns and villages were all eligible to apply for support for projects that include demolition, deconstruction, rehabilitation or reconstruction of vacant, abandoned, condemned and surplus properties.
"By preserving the cultural legacy and historical character of our downtowns, Governor Cuomo is breathing new life into old institutions and laying the foundation for future economic success and opportunity," Lt. Gov. Kathy Hochul said.
ESD President, CEO and Commissioner Howard Zemsky said, "The Restore New York Communities Initiative revitalizes urban centers and is an important step towards attracting residents and businesses to rebuild underserved neighborhoods."