Judge issues preliminary injunction, not allowing STAMP sewer construction in Orleans
By Tom Rivers, Editor Posted 21 September 2023 at 4:04 pm

Hearing set for Oct. 23 at Orleans County Courthouse

Photo by Tom Rivers: Traffic was limited to one-way on Route 63 on Aug. 30 while contractors installed a new sewer pipe in the Town of Alabama.

SHELBY – A State Supreme Court has issued a preliminary injunction and temporarily won’t be allowing a sewer line to be constructed in Orleans County, running from the STAMP manufacturing site about 10 miles north to Oak Orchard Creek.

Contractors started installing the 20-inch sewer main last month and are headed north along 63. They haven’t reached Orleans County yet.

Judge Sanford Church on Monday issued the preliminary injunction and set a court date for Oct. 23 at the County Courthouse in Albion.

Orleans County has filed a lawsuit against Genesee County Industrial Development Agency of Batavia, Genesee Gateway Local Development Corporation of Batavia, Stamp Sewer Works, Inc. of Batavia, G. Devincentis & Son Construction Co., Inc. of Binghamton, Clark Patterson Lee of Rochester, and Highlander Construction of Memphis, NY.

Orleans contends the GCEDC didn’t properly form STAMP Sewer Works for the project and doesn’t have a right to seek construction easements in Orleans, which is outside Genesee County. Genesee never asked for Orleans permission to undertake the project, Orleans says in the suit.

Orleans economic development officials also are concerned the discharge of treated water from STAMP, at up to 6 million gallons a day at full capacity, could limit economic development efforts in Medina by overtaxing the creek.

GCEDC notes engineering reports say there would be another 10 million gallons of daily capacity for the creek from the Medina sewer plant if STAMP were at full capacity. The first two tenants at STAMP, Plug Power and Edwards Vacuum, would have a daily discharge of 50,000 gallons of treated wastewater GCEDC said.

GCEDC says it secured all required permits and approvals for construction and use of the force main for the sewer, including a right of way permit from the United States Fish and Wildlife Service to cross Iroquois National Wildlife Refuge and a discharge permit from the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation.

The Iroquois National Wildlife Refuge has temporarily paused drilling as part of the construction after sinkholes were observed in the right of way of the refuge.

There also are fluids associated with subsurface drilling that appeared on the refuge surface outside the perimeter of the right of way, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service said in a statement on Tuesday.

Craig Leslie, GCEDC attorney, said in a Sept. 11 court filing, asked the judge not to approve a preliminary injunction and temporary restraining order.

“Orleans County’s allegations are wholly inconsistent with the facts and the law, and smack of a frivolous and politicized attack on the STAMP project,” wrote Leslie, an attorney with Phillips Lytle LLP.

Orleans County, represented by attorney Jennifer Persico of Lippes Mathias LLP, contends the Genesee agencies others named and in lawsuit “have been engaged in a conspiracy not only to violate General Municipal and Transportation Corporations Law, but also to defraud the residents of Orleans County and citizens of New York State in general by misusing millions of taxpayer dollars to fund an unauthorized project all while acting outside of their respective authority,” according to the Orleans court filing on Sept. 11, seeking the preliminary injunction.

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Free fishing in NYS on Saturday with no license required

Photo by Tom Rivers: Corey Roger of Cheektowaga stands on the bank of the Oak Orchard River on Oct. 14, 2022 and casts his line, trying to catch a Chinook salmon.

Posted 21 September 2023 at 1:54 pm

Press Release, Gov. Kathy Hochul’s Office 

Governor Kathy Hochul today encouraged New Yorkers to take advantage of the year’s fifth Free Fishing Day on Saturday, September 23, when New York State waives the requirement for a freshwater fishing license.

Fishing is considered one of the most therapeutic outdoor activities, making it an ideal activity for all New Yorkers looking to get outside and enjoy the outdoors.

“Spending time on New York’s world-class waters is one of the best ways to enjoy the final days of summer,” Governor Hochul said. “New York’s free fishing days, clinics, and other opportunities to connect with nature give New Yorkers and visitors alike the opportunity to cast a line and enjoy the abundant natural beauty found in every corner of the Empire State.”

New York’s Free Fishing Days program began in 1991 to give those who might not fish the chance to try the rewarding sport at no cost and learn about a new hobby. The final Free Fishing Day of 2023 will be held on Veterans Day on Nov. 11.

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3 plead guilty in county court and could be sentenced to prison
By Tom Rivers, Editor Posted 21 September 2023 at 11:34 am

ALBION – Three people pleaded guilty to felonies on Wednesday in Orleans County Court and could be sentenced to state prison.

Patrick Allen, 41, of Albion pleaded guilty to third-degree burglary and two counts of criminal contempt in the first degree.

Allen could be sentenced to a maximum of 2 to 4 years in state prison. He was given a reduced sentence from a maximum of 3 ½ to 7 years as part of a plea agreement.

He admitted to entering a trailer with the intent to commit a crime on West State Street on Feb. 21, 2023. He also twice had contact with someone who had an order of protection against him.

Judge Sanford Church set bail at $50,000 bond and $10,000 cash.

• Steven Johnson, 22, pleaded guilty to promoting prison contraband at the Orleans Correctional Facility, where he was incarcerated in April 2022 and possessed a sharpened plastic handle with a metal wire. He could be sentenced to another 1 ½ to 3 years in prison on Jan. 3. If he went to trial and was convicted, he could have been sentenced to a maximum of 2 to 4 years in prison. He is scheduled to be sentenced on Jan. 3.

• Chasity Zinnate, 43, pleaded guilty to third-degree burglary for entering an apartment on Main Street in Medina without permission and taking a computer, iPhone and other property on Dec. 5, 2022.

She faces up to 1 1/3 to 4 years in prison when she is sentenced on Dec. 24. If she had gone to trial and was convicted, she could have faced 2 ½ to 7 years in prison.

• Darren Wilson, 62, of Lyndonville was assessed as a level 1 sex offender, the lowest level. He pleaded guilty on March 29 to possessing a sexual performance of a child. He was sentenced in May to weekends in the county jail for four months. He will also be on probation for 10 years.

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Man charged with felonies after discharging firearm in Kendall
Posted 21 September 2023 at 11:12 am

Press Release, Sheriff Chris Bourke

Kevin C. Mcewen

KENDALL – Members of the Orleans County Sheriff’s Office responded to a report of a shots fired on Monday at 2074 Orchard Dr. in the Town of Kendall.

An investigation of the incident concluded Kevin C. Mcewen, 41, allegedly displayed a firearm and discharged two rounds at the time other individuals arrived to retrieve their property.

Mcewen was charged with criminal possession of a weapon 2nd degree and criminal use of a weapon 2nd degree, which are class C felonies; and menacing in the 2nd degree, a class A misdemeanor.

Mcewen was arraigned at the Orleans County Jail through CAP Court (centralized arraignment program) and is being held on $2,500 cash or $10,000 bond. He is to appear in Kendall Town Court on Oct. 16.

This incident was handled by Sgt. Hazel, Deputy Prawel, Deputy Lauer and Deputy Martindale along with Sheriff’s Criminal Investigation Division members, Inv. K. Colonna, Inv. D. Pahuta and Inv. B. Marsceill.

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Robin Silvis steps down from Holley Board of Education after 16 years
By Tom Rivers, Editor Posted 21 September 2023 at 9:57 am

Robin Silvis

HOLLEY – Robin Silvis, a member of the Holley Board of Education for 16 years, has resigned because she is moving out of the district. Silvis also was the board president for the past four years, and the vice president for 10 years before that.

Anne Winkley is the new president. The Board of Education will fill the vacant seat by appointment.

Interested community members can contact District Clerk Connie Nenni at 585-638-6316 X: 2003 or cnenni@holleycsd.org or visit the Holley school district website for more information about the open seat.

Silvis’s resignation became official at the Holley board meeting on Monday.

“The Holley Central School District appreciates the many contributions and dedication that Robin Silvis has provided during her time serving on the board,” said Brian Bartalo, Holley school district superintendent. “Robin was committed to wanting to do what’s best for students and to have Holley be a great place to learn and work.”

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Citizen Preparedness Training class offered Sept. 26 at Hoag Library

Photo by Tom Rivers: This tree snapped on Route 18 in Carlton near the intersection with Transit Road after a severe thunderstorm barreled through Orleans County on Aug. 4, 2017. It was one of several trees or big branches that was either blocking or partially blocking roads from the storm.

By Tom Rivers, Editor Posted 21 September 2023 at 9:00 am

ALBION – A class to help prepare citizens for disasters will be offered on Tuesday at the Hoag Library.

Each family that attends the class will receive a preparedness kit. The participants will be advised on how to prepare for any disaster, including developing family emergency plan and stocking up on emergency supplies.

The NY Citizen Preparedness Training Program teaches residents to have the tools and resources to prepare for any type of disaster, respond accordingly and recover as quickly as possible to pre-disaster conditions.

The Orleans County Emergency Management Office, Hoag Library and Governor’s Office are teaming to offer the class at no cost to the participants. Registration is required. Click here to sign up.

The state said it is offering the classes in response to severe weather events becoming more frequent and more extreme.

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Hochul sees progress in push for work authorization for asylum seekers
Posted 21 September 2023 at 8:37 am

Press Release, Gov. Kathy Hochul’s Office

 Governor Kathy Hochul announced on Wednesday new state efforts to address the asylum seeker and migrant crisis in New York, after White House officials announced certain individuals from Venezuela, who have continuously resided in the United States on or before July 21, 2023, will be eligible to apply for Temporary Protected Status.

This announcement follows more than a year of advocacy from Governor Hochul and a broad coalition of New Yorkers working to secure work authorization for asylum seekers and migrants, allowing them to exit the shelter system and begin living independently.

“Work authorization is the way out of the migrant crisis,” Governor Hochul said. “Individuals who achieve legal work status will be able to exit the shelter system, find work opportunities and get their shot at the American Dream.”

Earlier on Wednesday, President Biden, Secretary Mayorkas and the Department of Homeland Security announced the redesignation of Temporary Protected Status (TPS) for certain individuals from Venezuela. Under federal law, individuals subject to TPS can be legally authorized to work 30 days after filing their application while other new arrivals are subject to a 180-day waiting period. While waiting 180 days for legal work status, asylum seekers and migrants are unable to earn a paycheck or pay rent, leading to extended stays in publicly-funded shelters or hotels.

Governor Hochul has directed the New York State Department of Labor to connect employers with newly-eligible asylum seekers and migrants who on the path to receiving work authorizations. More than 70 state personnel, representing 16 separate State agencies, have been surged to assist in this work authorization effort.

Last month, the Governor announced the Department had launched a new portal enabling businesses to inform the State that they would welcome newly-authorized individuals into their workforce. The Department also created a new registration process where asylum seekers and migrants with work authorization can register for assistance. Officials from the New York State Department of Labor and the United States Department of Labor will meet in the coming days to discuss opportunities for partnership and growth.

Governor Hochul has identified work authorization as the key factor to end this crisis. She raised this issue with senior Administration officials during her meeting at the White House three weeks ago, reiterating a request she made in a letter to President Biden earlier that month.

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Medina Lions Club gears up for scarecrow fest on Oct. 14
By Ginny Kropf, correspondent Posted 20 September 2023 at 9:37 pm

MEDINA – With the arrival of fall comes the announcement of Medina Lion’s annual Scarecrow Festival.

Scheduled from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Oct. 14, the event will again this year take place at the Orleans County 4-H Fairgrounds.

“We had a great time last year, selling several hundred scarecrows,” said Tom Beach, who is co-chairing the festival with Jim Hancock. “Families had fun choosing the clothes and faces for their scarecrows and helping to assemble them.”

The history of the Scarecrow Festival goes back more than a decade and was originally started by former Lion Sherry Wheatley, who organized the successful event for many years. Locations in the past have included the canal basin, the Medina Armory, Roberts’ Farm Market and Forrestel Farm.

The current location helps to make it a regional event, Beach said. Patrons come from all over Orleans County and Eastern Niagara. Acres of parking and the ability to hold it inside, rain or shine, are bonuses. The Medina Lions hope this will be the permanent home for the festival and are very grateful for the cooperation of Orleans County Cornell Cooperative Extension in providing this space.

The Scarecrow Festival couldn’t go on without help of the entire community, who provide major help in preparing for the event. Jen Scott’s art class at Medina High School paints the faces on hundreds of “scarecrow heads.” The MAAC Thrift Shop provides all the clothes and the 4-H will have bunnies for the kids to visit. Medina Lions will be serving food throughout the day and will assist with every phase of the assembly process.

No reservations or advance payment are required. Kids and their families simply show up any time during the event and pay $12 per scarecrow. Then they begin the process of choosing clothes and faces. Next, they stuff the scarecrows from a large pile of hay donated by Lion Ken Dunham. Lions’ members act as “surgeons,” and tie the finished scarecrows together. Then they are ready to take home.

“Kids take great pride in their scarecrows,” Hancock said. “They reflect each child’s individuality, and there are never two alike.”

While children love this event, it is open to folks of all ages. Parents and grandparents get a lot of pleasure out of watching the children choose and stuff their scarecrow, while frolicking on the pile of hay.

The Scarecrow Festival is one of Medina Lion’s biggest fundraisers, and all proceeds are donated to various local charities in the community.

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EPA, contractors resume cleanup at former Diaz site in Holley

Photo from EPA: This photo shows phase 1 of the heater wells at the former Diaz Chemical site on Jackson Street in Holley.

Posted 20 September 2023 at 2:58 pm

Press Release, Environmental Protection Agency

HOLLEY – The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) is overseeing treatment of contaminated groundwater and soil at the at the Diaz Chemical Corporation Superfund site in Holley.

In July 2023, contractors completed repairs and restarted the treatment process which was shut down in December 2021 because excessive steam was escaping from the well field. The contractors repaired the surface seals of over 200 heater wells and capped the well field with concrete.

The treatment is projected to take up to four years to clean up the remaining contamination at the site. After the cleanup is completed, the contractors will remove the treatment equipment and regrade the site to make sure that it has proper drainage and will re-plant vegetation to prevent erosion.

The thermal treatment system uses heat to convert the contaminants in the soil and groundwater into vapors, which are captured through an extensive vacuum-based extraction system. The extraction wells capture and convey the vapors to a system that treats the vapors by compression, cooling, condensation, and by using granular activated carbon. The system will operate 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

Pilot Program

In 2018, EPA initiated a pilot program, overseeing the construction and operation of a small-scale system to treat approximately 10% of the contaminated soil and groundwater on the former plant grounds at the site.

Under EPA and USACE oversight, USACE’s contractor built the first phase of the system, which began operating in August 2021. Based on the success of this pilot system, EPA and USACE determined that a larger system should be constructed to treat the rest of the contamination on the remaining 1.5 acres of the site property and that the system should be constructed in two phases.

Noise Reduction

The equipment used to heat the soil and capture the vapors generates constant noise. Noise levels are monitored daily at the Diaz Chemical property line and the noise produced at the site must not exceed 65 decibels during overnight hours, which is equivalent to the sound from a normal conversation.

To ensure that the noise is as low as possible, the contractor installed the piping in a way to reduce noise. The contractor is also installing noise absorbing blankets at select locations to reduce the daytime and nighttime noise levels.

Odor Reduction

Heating soil can also produce odors. Organic compounds become vapors as soil temperatures increase. Although all potentially harmful compounds are captured and treated, the treated vapors may still have an odor. The vapors released from the treatment system are tested for the presence of harmful compounds using air monitoring equipment placed around the perimeter of the property. The contractor monitors the air 24 hours a day, seven days a week. As an additional measure to reduce the odor on the site, the contractor removed and disposed of several tons of contaminated concrete from the site.

Pipe failure during testing

In December 2022, after completing repairs and before restarting the treatment system, the contractor used an air compressor to pressurize and test the system. After a couple of minutes of operation, an approximately 120-foot 6-inch PVC pipe in the treatment building became over-pressurized because of a closed valve and failed along its entire length.

No personnel were injured when the pipe ruptured. The contractor replaced the piping, which is made of different material, modified its pressure testing procedures, and repaired the damage in the treatment building.


The Diaz Chemical Superfund site includes the five-acre former Diaz Chemical Corporation facility located at 40 Jackson Street in the Village of Holley, New York. Diaz Chemical manufactured specialty organic chemicals for the agricultural, pharmaceutical, photographic, color and dye, and personal care products industries. The facility released chemicals into the environment from 1975 to 2002.

A reactor vessel overheated in a process building in January 2002 causing its safety valve to rupture. Approximately 75 gallons of a chemical mixture was released through a roof stack vent. The release was a mixture of steam, toluene, and 2‐chloro‐6‐fluorophenol, as well as related chemicals. The mixture landed on properties in the residential neighborhood immediately next to the facility and was visible as red-colored droplets. As a result of the release, several residents voluntarily relocated to area hotels.

The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation and EPA sampled indoor air, soil, interior surfaces, and household items in the affected neighborhood. The data indicated that there were no immediate or short-term threats to people’s health.

In 2002, NYSDEC required the continued operation of a groundwater extraction and treatment system via a trench which Diaz Chemical installed under NYSDEC oversight at the Diaz Chemical facility as an interim measure in 1995. This system provided partial containment of the groundwater contaminant plume.

Diaz Chemical filed for bankruptcy and abandoned the facility in 2003, leaving behind large volumes of chemicals in drums and tanks. EPA removed these chemicals and dismantled the Diaz Chemical production buildings between 2003 and 2007. EPA placed the site on the National Priorities List in 2004.

With assistance from USACE, and under the Uniform Relocation Assistance and Real Property Acquisition Act, EPA purchased eight houses among the affected properties and provided the owners of those homes with relocation assistance. In addition, two individual tenants were assisted with relocating into new rental locations.

EPA performed a study to determine the nature and extent of contamination, assess potential risks to people’s health and the environment, and develop, screen, and evaluate alternative treatment technologies. Based on the study, EPA determined that site-related contamination did not exist in the surrounding residential area and, therefore, a neighborhood cleanup was not necessary.

EPA selected a cleanup plan for the site in September 2012 under federal law that included thermal treatment of the contaminated soil and groundwater at the Diaz Chemical property and natural processes to address the groundwater contamination downgradient of the source areas. The cleanup plan also included building demolition to allow access to contaminated soil at the site.

EPA transferred the eight properties to the Village of Holley Development Corporation (VHDC) in June 2017. Working with a local realtor and law firm, VHDC sold the houses in September 2017 and shared the proceeds with EPA.

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Knights of Columbus in Medina donate to Operation Honor
Staff Reports Posted 20 September 2023 at 2:26 pm

Provided photo

MEDINA – The Knights of Columbus donated $2,000 to the local veterans group Operation Honor from the proceeds of the Knights’ annual golf tournament held on July 29.

Pictured, front row, from left: Jenn Thom from Operation Honor and Grand Knight Jim Mirand.  Second row: Dave Bellucci, Merle “Skip” Draper, Jim Gardner, Bob Fox, Archie Washak and Steve Winans, all of The Knights of Columbus.

This is the second year the Knights of Columbus was able to donate to Operation Honor, an organization that supports the veterans of Orleans County. Operation Honor will have its annual 5K on Saturday, November 11.  The walk/run will start at 11 a.m. at Jr. Wilson’s Sportsmen’s Club.

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Lee-Whedon announces completion of newspaper digitization project
Posted 20 September 2023 at 12:59 pm

Press Release, Lee-Whedon Memorial Library

MEDINA – Lee-Whedon Memorial Library is happy to announce the completion of our newspaper digitization project. You can now access all of our Medina Newspapers online at nyhistoricnewspapers.org.

Our newspapers are still available on microfilm in the library as well.

The following papers are available:

  • The Medina Tribune (1857-1951)
  • The Medina Register (1882-1911)
  • The Medina Daily Journal (1903-1932)
  • The Medina Daily Journal and Medina Register (1932-1971)
  • The Journal-Register (1970-2014)

Newspapers are fully searchable and can be downloaded as pdfs. Lee-Whedon Memorial Library was able to digitize all of our papers with the assistance of grants provided by the Western New York Library Regional Council.

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Missionary to West Africa visits Albion middle schoolers sharing about culture
Posted 20 September 2023 at 12:29 pm

Photo and information courtesy of Albion Central School

ALBION – Some of our Albion Middle School students last Tuesday were lucky enough to have a special guest from West Africa come and speak to their class.

Keith Ellenberger is a West African Christian missionary, currently visiting with the Christian and Missionary Alliance Church, and has spent his entire life in countries like Mali and Senegal. According to Ellenberger, his family has resided on the African continent for approximately 100 years working as missionaries.

According to Middle School Principal Brad Pritchard, Ellenberger’s visit comes as part of a series of enrichment classes being offered at the Middle School this year.

“We have many different enrichment classes this year covering a variety of subjects including art, health, PE/SEL and history,” Pritchard said. “In each of these classes, students will have the opportunity to connect with special guests, all from various disciplines, whose life experiences correlate to our students’ lessons.”

During his visit, Ellenberger spoke to some of Albion’s seventh and eighth-grade students in David Skrip’s Social Studies classes about what life is like in Africa, highlighting both the similarities and differences of the areas. Though they are an ocean apart, Ellenberger helped the students draw connections between Albion and West Africa especially through agriculture.

“These visits are important because they help our students connect and contextualize the curriculum they are learning to the real world,” Pritchard said.

According to Tim Archer, a service learning liaison, the Christian and Missionary Alliance Church has partnered with the district over the last several years by providing multiple missionary guests to share their experiences and bring a new perspective to our students.

As of now, there are many other guests and projects planned for the school year, including local history field trips and an Erie Canal project.

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Medina community asked to take survey and pick projects for $4.5 million state grant

Photos by Tom Rivers: Medina is considering upgrades to the parking lot in the Canal Basin as part of a $4.5 million NY Forward grant. Medina’s local planning committee is weighing four alternatives for Canal Basin ranging from $500,000 to $2 million.

By Tom Rivers, Editor Posted 20 September 2023 at 9:37 am

MEDINA – A Local Planning Committee has a difficult task of trying to prioritize and pick $4.5 million in projects to recommend to state for funding through the NY Forward program.

Medina has $8.7 million in 22 potential projects and the committee needs to determine which ones are most deserving of funding.

The planning group is asking the public to weigh in through an on-line survey (click here). People are asked to do it once. As they pick projects and assign funding to them, the $4.5 million pot will get whittled down. The survey will close on Friday.

“This will help identify the most desirable project for the local committee to consider,” Mayor Mike Sidari posted on the “Medina, This Village Matters” Facebook page. “Please only do the survey once. This is for both resident and non-residents.”

Sidari is one of the members of the committee that is reviewing the projects to submit to the state for its review. The committee meets again at 6 p.m. on Sept. 26 at the Medina school district office.

Evaluating the Projects – Several criteria have been established to help evaluate the projects including how well the project supports Main Street, enhances the waterfront, promote tourism, improves “liveability,” catalyzes investment and benefits the community.

The more criteria a project meets, the more likely that project is to create positive change in downtown Medina, officials said.

Here are the 22 projects in the survey, with the amount requested from NY Forward in parentheses.

Canal Basin Park (Multiple Options)

  • ALTERNATIVE A ($2 million) – This alternative is the most transformative, with significantly expanded green space, pedestrian pathways, and gathering areas. This alternative includes 53 parking spaces.
  • ALTERNATIVE B ($1.5 million) – This alternative expands the green space area along the canal and enhances pedestrian connections to the waterfront. This alternative includes 71 parking spaces.
  • ALTERNATIVE C ($1 million) – This creates a multi-functional pedestrian promenade space at the rear of the Main Street buildings that can be used for seating, outdoor dining, and temporary events. This space can also accommodate loading and deliveries. This alternative includes 45 parking spaces.
  • ALTERNATIVE D ($500,000) – This alternative creates a small pedestrian plaza area at the north end of the East Center Street alleyway which can accommodate gathering and outdoor dining. The rest of the basin is kept as is. This alternative includes 83 parking spaces.

  • Canal Village Farmers Market at 127 West Center St. ($300,000) – This project will renovate the existing building at 127 West Center Street to create a year-round space for the Canal Village Farmers Market. Expanded vendor space, public restrooms, a visitor center, and green space will also be included on the site.
  • Canal View Bar/Tasting Area at 135 East Center St. ($100,000) – This project will create a bar/serving area with an exterior patio overlooking the Canal Basin in the rear of the Modern Mercantile building.
  • 409-413 Main St. ($200,000) – This project will renovate the second floor of the building at 409-413 Main Street into 3 new one-bedroom apartments and 1 new two-bedroom apartment.
  • Knights of Columbus Building Accessible Community Space ($150,000) – This project will make facade improvements to the Knights of Columbus building and install a lift at the rear entrance to make the 200-person community event space on the second floor ADA accessible for public use.
  • 424 Main Street ($250,000) – This project will create 4 new apartments on the upper floors of the building at 424 Main Street. The commercial units on the ground floor will also be renovated.

The parking lot at the southeast corner of Main and Center streets could see $1 million in upgrades to improve circulation, add trees and better connect to Main Street businesses and the Canal Basin.

  • 433 Main Street ($300,000) – This project will create a new two-bedroom apartment on the upper floors of the building at 433 Main Street.
  • Community Arts Workshop and Gift Store at 509 Main St. ($150,000) – This project will renovate the second floor of the building at 509 Main St. to create a community arts and crafts workshop and gift store.
  • Bunkhaus Apartments at 511 West Ave. ($100,000) – This project will renovate the Bunkhaus Hostel to create 4 one-bedroom apartments targeted for short- and long-term rental housing for professionals, snowboards, and/or tourists.
  • Author’s Note Bookstore at 519 Main St. ($200,000) – This project will create a two-bedroom apartment unit on the second floor for short- or medium-term rental, targeted at artists. The basement of the building will also be renovated to create an event space to be used for book clubs, workshops, etc., or by other community groups.
  • 521 Main Street ($150,000) – This project will renovate the second floor of the building at 521 Main Street into a new one-bedroom apartment and two Airbnb units.
  • Walsh Hotel Redevelopment at 525 West Ave. ($550,000) – This project will complete renovations to the upper floors of the Walsh Hotel as part of a larger project to create 22 studio and one-bedroom apartments.
  • Arenite Brewing Company at 339 Main St. ($400,000) – This project will create a microbrewery and tasting room with outdoor seating overlooking the canal at 339 Main Street.
  • Avanti Pizza Upper Floors Renovation at 500 Main St. ($600,000) – This project will renovate the upper floors of the Avanti Pizza building into a mix of residential and office space.
  • Hart House Hotel Renovations at 113 West Center St. ($500,000) – This project is the last phase of a larger project to upgrade the Hart House Hotel with a formal lobby, café, spa, outdoor event space and gastropub.
  • Lee-Whedon Memorial Library at 620 West Ave. ($500,000) – This project will create an addition on the library with new tutoring rooms, meeting rooms, and quiet rooms for community use. The existing library building will also be renovated to create an expanded children’s area and new entry.
  • Medina Theatre Renovations at 601-611 Main St. ($150,000) – This project is the first phase of a larger project to upgrade the Medina Theatre. This project will renovate the existing marquee and facade, make cosmetic improvements to the theatre, and prep the building for a future restaurant and conference space.
  • Downtown Wayfinding Signage ($250,000) – This project will install a system of directional, informational, and interpretive signage at key locations and destinations to guide visitors throughout downtown.
  • Public Lot Connectivity Improvements Description ($1 million) – This project will improve the public parking lot at the southeast corner of Main and Center Streets with better circulation, shade trees, and improved connectivity to the Canal Basin and Main Street businesses.
  • East Center Street Alleyway Improvements ($400,000) –This project will enhance the alleyway that connects the Canal Basin across East Center Street to the public parking lot. The alley will have landscaping, lighting, seating and signage.
  • Canal Basin Park Gateway Signage ($150,000) – This project will install two large, gateway signs at the Mill Street entrance to the Canal Basin (off Main Street) and at the East Center Street alleyway entrance to the basin.
  • Small Project Grant Fund ($300,000) – The Small Project Grant Fund would provide support to downtown business and property owners to implement smaller-scale projects like façade improvements, window replacement and other repairs.
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