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State Economic Council Invests In Three Historic Downtown Cortland Projects

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The following was provided by The Cortland Downtown Partnership:

The Cortland Downtown Partnership is pleased to announce that through Round 6 of New York State’s Regional Economic Councils $620,000 in grants were awarded to advance three priority projects in Historic Downtown Cortland. The projects include the development of two properties located at 55 and 38 Main Street into multiuse facilities and the continuation of the SKI Cortland marketing grant. The state support will be leveraged to add approximately $4.2 million in projects to Historic Downtown Cortland.

Ski 2 Cortland will continue to market Cortland New York’s winter outdoor recreational opportunities to bolster destination tourism. The additional funding awarded will enable the Cortland Downtown Partnership to develop a winter festival/ski racing weekend that will kick off this year on Saturday, February 11, 2017, with the first day of a multi-day, multi-discipline Master’s division ski race and enhanced “Chill-A-Bration” winter festival downtown.

Updates are currently underway to the SKICortlandNY website and all interested dining, shopping and tourist attractions are encouraged to contact the CDP immediately to have their information added to the website. Contact or call (607) 299-4682 for a content form immediately.

38 Arts Arts is a joint venture of the Cortland Downtown Partnership and Cortland Repertory Theatre to provide living and working space for artists working for or collaborating with the theatre. The project will take advantage of the additional elevator stops built into the Cortland Downtown Partnership’s external elevator at 40 Main Street to provide upper floor access to dormitory style residential units at 38 Main Street along with adding another arts performance venue to Main Street. The project is a critical piece to allow CRT Downtown to continue to expand programming and will promote Cortland’s emerging upper floor development into creative spaces and downtown living.

55 Main Street will complete the restoration that began last summer to the building at the corner of Main and Court Streets that was nearly lost after fire damage over a decade ago. The project will bring back a critical and highly visible multi-use resource to the County’s most highly foot-trafficked intersection. The CDP, although not the grant recipient, provided technical assistance for the successful grant submission.

The Cortland Downtown Partnership is actively soliciting interested volunteers and members to join and help us sustain our growing organization. The CDP’s structure relies heavily on volunteers through monthly meetings including four committees and a board. Meeting information can be found on the organization’s web and Facebook pages. The CDP is a 501(c)3 organization that relies on tax-deductible “membership” donations. Membership levels start at $50 for community residents, $250 for small businesses and $1,500 for corporate-level contributions. Checks can be made payable to the Cortland Downtown Partnership P.O. Box 224 Cortland NY 13045.

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