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Springville awarded more than $1 million in grants

BY: Jessie Owen | December 21, 2012

SPRINGVILLE — New York Governor Andrew Cuomo announced that $738 million was awarded to communities, businesses and academic institutions throughout the state, as well as members of the public in every region, “to develop strategic plans specifically tailored to their region’s unique strengths and resources, in order to create jobs and support economic growth.”

Cuomo, along with Lieutenant Governor Robert Duffy and strategic implementation assessment team, traveled to each region in New York, to view progress on projects that have received state funding and assess projects included in the 2012 applications.

At 10 a.m. on Dec. 19, the 725 projects across New York state that will be receiving awards in the second round of the Regional Economic Development Council initiative were unveiled.

The Springville Center for the Arts’ acquisition of 5 East Main St. and its subsequent rehabilitation of that building were awarded $394,810, under round two of the REDC initiative.

This project involves the rehabilitation of an 1890 commercial storefront listed on the National Register. The roof collapsed into the basement, threatening neighboring buildings. The redesign includes Art’s Cafe, an extension of the center’s current programming, with a coffee shop, performance space and gallery display, an artisan marketplace and workshop area and artist housing.

The project will feature a green roof, which recycles water from the restaurant below. This project got off the ground with in-kind donations by Seneca Steel Erectors and architect Jay Braymiller, followed by an Indiegogo campaign to raise $30,000, within 30 days.

In addition, the SCA, which the REDC called “a major provider of cultural activity and artistic experience in Western New York,” was also awarded $434,310 to conduct improvements to its 1869 Baptist Church property, located at 37 North Buffalo St.

This project will include a roof replacement, masonry restoration, a classroom addition and renovation of the south wing of the building, which currently contains a gallery space. The building was purchased in 2007, with SCA member contributions.

In all, 58 projects in the Western New York region were awarded a total of $52.8 million.

In addition, the village of Springville was notified that it has been awarded $250,000 from the New York Main Street Grant for its numerous downtown businesses.

According to Springville Area Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Kate Moody, the village was awarded the full amount of grant money that it had applied for.

The total amount that Springville and its various entities will be receiving is $1,079,120.

For more information about the REDC, visit www.governor.ny.gov/press/12192012Regional-Councils. For more information about the SCA, visit www.springvillearts.org or www.artscafespringville.com.

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