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Montour Falls NY Forward Projects: A Path to Economic Revitalization

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A half-dozen transformational projects in the village of Montour Falls have been approved by the Local Project Committee and state partners under the NY Forward program. NY Forward investments are part of the Governor’s ongoing efforts to revitalize the economy and create more opportunities in the Southern Tier.

The 6 Montour Falls NY Forward Projects, totaling $4.5 Million, include:

  • Enhance Walkability and Comfort on Main Street through Streetscape Improvements ($971,000) Improve walkability and pedestrian comfort along Main Street with enhanced crosswalks, ADA-compliant curb ramps, curb bump-outs and sidewalk extensions, street trees, green infrastructure, benches, signage, public art installations, and gateway arches.
  • Build Townhomes on Vacant Lot in Downtown Montour Falls ($916,000)  Construct new townhomes on a vacant plot of land on N Genesee Street. These townhomes will be long-term rentals in the heart of downtown Montour Falls.
  • Build a New Dental Office and Apartments on Catharine Street ($685,000) Construct a new building on a vacant property that will house an established dental practice, space for a commercial business, and new long-term apartments on Catharine Street. The building will include room to expand the dental practice. 
  • Preserve the Historic Brick Tavern Museum and Incorporate Accessibility Improvements ($792,000) Preserve the historic Brick Tavern Museum through interior and exterior improvements and a building extension to provide a space that is amenable to preserving the museum collection and that will ensure accessibility for all visitors.
  • Develop a Small Project Fund to Help Local Businesses ($200,000) Implement a grant fund for small projects in the NY Forward boundary that will support building renovations, facades, interior build-outs, permanent equipment, awnings, and signage.
  • Improve Street Lighting on N Catharine Street ($936,000) Upgrade existing street lighting on Catharine Street to include infill pedestrian-level lighting to create a more comfortable environment for pedestrians at night.

Village of Montour Falls Mayor James Ryan said, “These transformative projects approved by the Local Project Committee and our state partners will now advance to the project sponsors implementing their economic investment into our community, building for the next generation.”

State Senator Tom O’Mara, a member of the Southern Tier Regional Economic Development Council, applauded the release of funding for the projects in Montour Falls.

“The Downtown Revitalization Initiative and NY Forward programs have had an enormously positive impact on communities I represent across the Southern Tier and Finger Lakes regions. These critical state investments have helped our local leaders move forward on projects to bolster local communities and economies, spark economic growth and opportunity within the tourism sector and other small businesses and industries, ease the burden on local property taxpayers, and strengthen the overall quality of life for community residents and families.”

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