South Dayton, Angola among areas receiving project funds

Along with Gowanda, Angola and South Dayton also received Restore New York funds for projects in their communities.

While the village of Gowanda was awarded $324,000 for the Hollywood Theater restoration, the village of Angola was awarded $299,500 for its 1882 Nickel Plate Depot relocation and the village of South Dayton was awarded $450,000 for the Pine Valley Industrial Park rehabilitation.

According to South Dayton Mayor Scott Kerr, the Pine Valley Industrial Park is the former Nestle Carnation milk plant. The plant needs asbestos removal and brownfield remediation in order for the plant to be sold.

“Work needs to be done to clean it up because no one wants it,” he said.

By cleaning up the plant, Kerr said the village hopes it will be able to get a buyer for the plant and put it back on the tax rolls.

Kerr said it will depend on the bids if the $450,000 will be enough to clean up the plant.

“We’re hoping it’s enough to cover it because as a small village, we don’t have a lot of money,” he said.

“The village and county have been working to redevelop the former Nestle Food Plant and this announcement is great news,” said state Sen. Catharine Young, R-Olean. “Beginning the modernization process will help get the site ready so that it can quickly meet the needs of a new employer, and make it more marketable for prospective buyers. I have championed this project because it builds on locally developed plans to create new opportunities and attract private investment, which will help everyone in our region succeed.

“This state funding shows how officials on all levels of government can truly work together to build a brighter future.”

For Angola’s $299,500, the depot is a 1,300-square-foot building that will be moved to Pennsylvania Avenue at the corner of South Main Street in the village. The project had been estimated to cost at least $327,500. The majority of that expense will be for the move and the renovation of the depot, which includes removal of lead paint, removal of any asbestos found in the building, installation of a parking lot and sidewalks up to the building and park lights.

On Thursday, Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo announced nearly $40 million awarded to 75 municipalities through Round 4 of the Restore New York Communities Initiative. Restore NY supports municipal revitalization efforts across the state, helping to reinvigorate downtowns and generate economic opportunity in communities across the state.

“These projects will help bring new vitality and opportunities for growth to communities across New York by transforming blighted properties and making key infrastructure investments,” Cuomo said. “With this funding, we are helping to build stronger regional economies and are laying the foundation for a more prosperous New York for all.”

Cuomo enacted the Restore New York Communities Initiative in the fiscal year 2016 state budget and designated Empire State Development to implement the program. Round 4 launched in June 2016. Cities, towns and villages were all eligible to apply for support for projects that include demolition, deconstruction, rehabilitation, or reconstruction of vacant, abandoned, condemned and surplus properties.

“By preserving the cultural legacy and historical character of our downtowns, Governor Cuomo is breathing new life into old institutions and laying the foundation for future economic success and opportunity,” Lt. Governor Kathy Hochul said during a presentation at the Hollywood Theater in Gowanda, one of the award recipients.

Empire State Development President, CEO & Commissioner Howard Zemsky said, “The Restore New York Communities Initiative revitalizes urban centers and is an important step toward attracting residents and businesses to rebuild underserved neighborhoods.”