Senator Catherine Young, (R-C-I, Olean) and Assemblyman William Parment, (D, Harmony), have announced that Chautauqua Home Rehabilitation and Improvement Corporation has been awarded a Rural Area Revitalization Program grant to complete the restoration and condemned building the agency secured in Sherman, NY, RARP is a state program available to non-profits to develop properties they own.
CHRIC is a Rural Preservation Company under the New York State Division of Housing and Community Renewal, (DHCR). As such, the non-profit community development corporation has been assisting Sherman in revitalizing their downtown, and the RARP funding is the latest award provided to CHRIC to meet that goal. A condemned three-story building in Sherman's downtown put the entire historic block at risk. A series of grants from the New York Main Street program, Restore NY, and a federal Rural Housing and Economic Development is helping restore the exterior of the building at 119 Main Street. A legislative member item through the office of Senator Young replaced the historic windows on the upper floors of 119 Main Street and six other buildings on the block. The RARP award will now allow CHRIC to rehabilitate the interior spaces of the building.
"This final piece of funding will put all three floors of the building back to functional use and ensure the long-term integrity of Sherman's entire downtown block," said John Murphy, CHRIC executive director. "We appreciate the consideration DHCR gave to this project, and of course our appreciation to our legislators in funding this important program, It allows non-profits like CHRIC to take on projects that the private sector and governments could not do," Murphy continued.
"Sherman has a richly unique and historic personality that must be preserved. The community and CHRIC have worked extremely hard to bring more economic growth to downtown, and this project is an outstanding result of their efforts," Sen. Young said. "The heart and soul of a community has traditionally been the main street and this money will help restore these historic buildings and reinvest in downtown Sherman's future."
"I commend CHRIC and the village of Sherman for their efforts to secure state funds for this important project," Assemblyman Parment said. "Organizations like CHRIC play a vital role in rural areas like Chautauqua county. By serving as a conduit for State and Federal funds, they allow important projects to be identified and completed with are of great benefit to local communities."
The restored building is planned to include two, two-bedroom apartments and a first floor commercial space. Construction is planned to begin in Summer 2009. The amount of the Rural Area Revitalization Program grant is $200,000.
For conformation or additional information contact John Murphy at CHRIC at 753-4514, by cell at 450-4514 or at John_Murphy@chric.org