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Projects In Homer And Cortland Get Needed State Funding

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Million dollar projects in Homer and Cortland were funded by new Restore New York Awards announced Monday.

In all, five projects will receive more than $8.5 million that is headed to Central New York.

23 Main Street, Homer

In the Village of Homer $1,000,000 will help rebuild 23 S. Main Street into a storefront and apartments, and the upper floors of 1-3 S. Main Street into six loft-style apartments. The building at 23 S. Main burned in a methamphetamine-fueled fire on September 2, 2016.

The City of Cortland $1,000,000 will help renovate the nearly vacant P&C Plaza on Homer Avenue.

Developers envision a hub for non-profits including a YWCA childcare center, Cornell Cooperative Extension, Cortland County Historical Society and Seven Valleys Health Coalition, with plans for a year-round farmers market. The building was purchased by the Cortland YMCA, but plans for it to expand top the site fell through.

In a statement provided by Empire State Development, Assemblymember Barbara Lifton said, “The transformation of building that will house retail and not-for-profits in the City of Cortland will bring major community benefits. Congratulations to the award recipients and to everyone involved in making these ground-breaking projects a reality.”

Other projects are in Syracuse and Oneida, and the City of Auburn will receive $1,000,000 to rehabilitate the old Schines Theater.

A complete list of projects can be found here.

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