Governor Cuomo has announced that $9.7 million has been awarded to 12 Southern Tier municipalities in his Restore New York Communities Initiative. The funds are intended to reinvigorate downtowns and generate new economic opportunities. Statewide, $81 million was awarded.
Among the projects are:

Village of Owego – $875,000 – The rehabilitation of two vacant and blighted buildings at 167-169 and 171 Main Street in the heart of Owego Central Historic District, with the goals of creating commercial and residential space.

Village of Endicott – $1,000,000 – The demolition of two vacant buildings along Endicott’s Route 17C Main Street corridor: the former Endicott Inn at 214 Washington Avenue, and former Kmart Plaza at 219 Vestal Avenue. The project will create shovel-ready sites for future redevelopment.

City of Ithaca – $1,000,000 – The rehabilitation of four underutilized buildings on West State Street, including the reconstruction of one historic property, eliminating blight and replacing it with housing and commercial space.

Village of Waverly – $1,000,000 – The historic restoration of the former village hall, fire station, and police station building at 358 Broad Street in downtown Waverly’s business district. The project will build out residential units, renovate commercial space, and ultimately revitalize the area.

City of Binghamton – $60,000 – The demolition of residential properties located at 10 Franklin St., 36 Winding Way and 168 Oak Street. The Franklin and Oak Street properties will become permeable green space. The 36 Winding Way property would be destined for use as green space by the neighboring Front Street Gateway Project affordable housing development

Village of Johnson City – $942,300 – Remediation and rehabilitation of 19 Avenue B as phase one of the Southern Tier Agricultural Foundry Development, a building reuse project. The project will address blight and vacancy issues in an urban core.

City of Corning – $901,700 – The rehabilitation of the former College Center of the Finger Lakes on West Third Street to create apartments and commercial office space.

Village of Elmira Heights – $875,000 – The revitalization and renovation of a historic building at the corner of Oakwood Avenue and 14th Street in Elmira Heights’ central business district. The project will create a destination location equipped with commercial space and residential units.

Village of Horseheads – $550,000 – The reconstruction and rehabilitation of two mixed-use buildings located in the heart of the business district at Hannover Square.

City of Elmira – $508,400 – The rehabilitation of the former Schreibman’s and Delaney buildings at 110 and 114 Baldwin Street. The project will convert the vacant buildings into mixed-use properties.