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Village of Homer Fighting State Over Rescinded Grant Funding For Linear Park


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Since 2015, the Village of Homer has been working on creating a linear park along Route 11 at the southend of the village, just north of the CNY Living History Center. However, during Tuesday’s Board of Trustees meeting, it was learned that the state rescinded its grant funding for the project. No specific reason for the state rescinding was noted.

“The Village is vigorously fighting against [the rescinding] to try to get it reinstated.”

Village of Homer Clerk Dan Egnor said to the Board of Trustees when providing an update.

The total cost for the project was about $311K. The grant itself was $258,000 with the Village of Homer matching with $53,000. Egnor noted the Town of Cortlandville also provided $52,000 towards the project at the time of its original application a number of years ago.

Egnor noted that Thoma Development has been assisting the village with the project as lead administrator, but due to its now canceled status, progress will have to wait. 

“A rebuttal was sent to the Grant Director of Parks, both the offices of state reps. Anna Kelles and Lea Webb and the Governor’s Office.” Egnor said. “Next step Mayor [McCabe] is going to speak with Governor Hochul’s staff. I believe he spoke with some already.”

If the state decides to reinstate the grant funding, the project can then be fast-tracked with Thoma Development. It was noted that SUNY Cortland and SUNY ESF have been helping with the designs of the actual park itself with Cornell showing interest in assisting. Early renderings have shown an edible park feature; certain areas though to the park must remain clear due to sections remaining under the ownership of NYSEG. The company continues to monitor the ground after remediation from a clean up years ago.

Homer Mayor Hal McCabe told X101 News he is actively working on sorting out the issue with the assistance from Senator Webb and the Governor’s Office. He continued on saying he hopes a resolution will be done in the next few weeks.

A final design of what the park will actually look like is not yet done. 

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