April 19, 2019

State reveals final DRI list

Joe McIntyre/staff photographer

Vehicles jockey for empty parking places during an afternoon on Main Street in Cortland in this file photo.

The governor’s office announced Thursday afternoon the final list of 13 projects to receive a share of $10 million as part of Cortland’s Downtown Revitalization Initiative.

The projects:
• Create the Crown City Artworks Project — $200,000.
• Create a downtown pocket park on Main Street — $250,000.
• Develop a new multi-use entertainment facility at what used to be Mullen Office Outfitters — $975,000.
• Establish Vine Health and Fitness Gym — $270,752.
• Create a building owner and business startup loan and grant fund — $600,000.
• Establish the SUNY Cortland Institute of Applied Geospatial and Drone Technology — $100,000
• Renovate four downtown buildings for a vibrant mix of new commercial and residential uses — $1.35 million total.
• Complete the Cortland Business Innovation Center — $484,000.
• Reimagine Main Street infrastructure and streetscape, converting Main Street to two-way traffic — $5.1 million.
• Provide downtown WiFi and improve connectivity — $386,000.

Garry VanGorder, executive director of the Cortland County Business Development Corp. and Industrial Development Agency, said that while the list is available, there is still a lot more work to be done. The city and project leaders will have to work with state agencies on administering the funds.

“It’s good that this phase of the bureaucratic phase is over,” VanGorder said.

VanGorder had said work on some of the projects wouldn’t begin for at least a year.

In October, Gov. Andrew Cuomo visited Cortland last October to announce the $10 million program. In March, a list that started with 45 ideas totaling $42 million winnowed to 26 projects totaling more than $12.7 million. Each project had been vetted by a local planning committee and the general public.

The projects cut include:
• Courthouse Park mobile stage and fountain — $443,750.
• Crown movie theater — $455,000.
• 1 N. Main St. streetscape and pocket park — $71,750.
• Bikeshare — $35,402.
• SUNY Cortland Alumni House — $100,000.
• BRIX facade improvements — $50,000.
• Keator Block — $416,300.
• 29 Central Ave., office, retail and apartment — $85,000.
• Fiorentini Block — $80,000.
• Vermicomposting marketing — $8,400.
• Improve trash and recycling collection — $50,000.
• Alternative energy grant fund — $150,000.
• Clinton Avenue gateway — $1 million.

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