Grants Amended To Drop The Words "Finger Lakes Boat Museum"

Goodbye Boat Museum.  

The Geneva City Council, meeting in a special session on Saturday, voted to amend two state grants by dropping the words "Finger Lakes Boat Museum" and asking instead that the grant funding be used to support a "Visitors and Events Center."

The council approved the motion Saturday the last day of a three-day council retreat held at Hobart and William Smith Colleges.

The city and the boat museum's board of directors have parted ways after disagreeing over the 2009 development agreement signed by the city and museum officials.

Last week the city council approved the construction contracts totaling $1.9 million dollars for the 73-hundred square foot building which will be built on the site of the old Chamber of Commerce building on the Geneva lakefront.

The motion asks state Senator Michael Nozzolio to work with the State Senate Finance Committee to:

• Amend the $2 million Economic Development Assistance Program grant contract, obtained through the Dormitory Authority of the State of New York (DASNY), to allow that money to be used to support a Visitors and Events Center where the Geneva Area Chamber of Commerce building existed until being demolished this fall.

• Request the state Department of State to provide an amendment to the Local Waterfront Revitalization Program grant of $450,000 to allow those funds to support the Visitors and Events Center.

The vote was 8-0, with Councilor Jackie Augustine absent at the time of the vote.

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