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City awards $540k to 11 DRI projects

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The City of Cortland has awarded $540,000 in funding to 11 projects, as part of the $10 million Downtown Revitalization Initiative (DRI) grant received in 2017.

In total, two façade lighting projects and nine building redevelopment projects were awarded funding.

“The City is excited to assist these properties as part of the Downtown Revitalization Initiative,” said Mayor Brian Tobin. “These smaller projects have the potential to be as impactful as larger DRI projects and will support a number of downtown businesses. The next 12 to 24 months will be very exciting ones for Cortland as all of the DRI projects come to fruition.”

Each matching grant provides up to $60,000 or 75% of the project cost, whichever is less. Smaller grants were also available for façade lighting.

These grants are reimbursements that are paid to property owners upon completion of the project.

Construction on the first projects may begin this fall, but the majority of work will be completed during the 2021 construction season.


See below for a detailed list of awarded projects:


Building Redevelopment


Seven Valley Crossfit: 50 Main St

  • $60,000 towards a $109,000 project to redesign the façade to match the historic character of the downtown, along with new lighting; new roof; hvac system, and minor interior renovations.

Central Hair Studio: 37-39 Central Ave.

  • $60,000 towards an $88,000 project including the creation of a new one-bedroom accessible apartment, replacement of storefront windows; and other interior and exterior improvements.

1890 House: 37 Tompkins St. 

  • $60,000 towards an $80,000 project to restore the 1890 House’s carriage house including a new roof; repaired windows and trim; repaired siding, and new paint.

35 Main St.

  • $58,000 towards a $100,000 project to complete façade improvements including masonry repair and painting; and commercial improvements to restore the former bank lobby to its original appearance.

Community Restaurant: 10-12 Main St.

  • $58,000 towards a $128,000 project to undertake façade improvements including new paint, awnings, siding, and windows.

NY Bagel: 33 Main St.

  • $50,000 towards a $133,000 project to install new storefront facades; new windows; and exterior paint.

77-79 Main St.

  • $60,000 towards a $138,000 project to restore the front façade to to a more historic appearance, including removal of brick from the storefront, signboard restoration, façade lighting; and other repairs to the primary facade.

Deli Downtown: 54 Main St.

  • $55,000 towards a $73,000 project to add new exterior paint; new roof; new HVAC system; new signage; new lighting, and new interior commercial and residential work.

Ricon Hispano: 130-136 Main St.

  • $59,000 towards a $116,000 project to undertake structural repairs to the cornice and parapet; repoint masonry; repair windows; and install new awnings over the storefronts.

Façade Lighting

1 North Main St. and 2 Main St.

  • Both of these projects were awarded $10,000 towards the lighting of the façades of these historic downtown buildings.

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