The city of Dunkirk received a $250,000 New York State Main Street grant from the NYS Office of Community Renewal earlier this year. The purpose of this grant program is to revitalize downtowns through targeted commercial/residential improvements such as facade renovations, interior commercial and residential building upgrades, and streetscape enhancements.
The city has chosen the 100 and 200 blocks of Central Avenue as the target area for its Main Street Program. With much of the past decade's development efforts being focused on the waterfront, the logical next step is to cross the street and begin bringing the revitalization down Central Avenue and into the heart of the city's central business district.
The city is planning on using $220,000 for the renovation of buildings within that target area. Building owners will be eligible to receive up to $50,000 per building. Building renovation grant funds are used to renovate facades, storefronts and commercial interiors, with an additional $10,000 per residential unit up to a per building maximum of $100,000 not to exceed 75 percent of the total project cost.
Fifteen thousand dollars of the grant will be used for streetscape enhancement activities, such as planting trees, installing benches, bike racks, planters, and trash cans; providing appropriate signs in accordance with a local signage plan; and performing other supportive activities to enhance the Main Street Program target area.
There will be an informational meeting held on Wednesday at 6 p.m. in the SUNY Fredonia Technology Incubator. This meeting is open to the public, but is also targeted at building and business owners located within the target area who are eligible to apply for these funds.
Building owners must fill out an application and return it to City Hall by Wednesday, Jan. 15, 2014. The application can be found in the Development Department's Office, the Clerk's Office, the Chamber of Commerce, the Dunkirk Free Library, or on the city of Dunkirk's website www.dunkirktoday.com.
If you have any questions about the program, please contact Steve Neratko, Director of Planning and Development at 366-9876 or firstname.lastname@example.org.