Not big winner, but city still to get state funds

The city of Dunkirk may have missed out of the $10 million Downtown Revitalization Initiative, by its plan will not go without reward. According to Dunkirk officials, the city is one of four to receive a Smart Growth grant because of the strength of its application in that competition.

“It’s a significant opportunity for downtown revitalization for four communities in Western New York,” Development Director Rebecca Yanus said Tuesday. “This past year we put in an application for the DRI, which is the Downtown Revitalization Initiative that Jamestown won $10 million for last year. This year’s winner was the city of Olean, but if you were entered with a grant application, Western New York communities had the chance to win additional Smart Growth funding. So we are one of four communities to win this Smart Growth funding that’s going to help significantly improve our downtown areas.”

Governor Andrew Cuomo will arrive in North Tonawanda this afternoon to announce the winners and the amounts of the grants.

“This grant will allow us to begin the revitalization of our downtown area and help with those projects and plans we proposed,” Mayor Willie Rosas said, noting the amount is expected to surpass the $2.5 million the city receives in transition aid.

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