Albion divvies up $311,000 in Main Street funding to 10 locations in downtown

By Tom Rivers, Editor Posted 15 July 2021 at 7:26 am

ALBION — A committee has approved divvying up $311,079 for building improvement projects at 10 locations in downtown Albion. The grants will fund up to 75 percent of the projects

The state allowed a maximum award of $50,000 per building owner for non-residential projects with residential projects eligible for up to $100,000 through the grant.

Albion’s Main Street grant is for $388,192 total and that includes $311,079 for building renovations, $47,613 for streetscape improvements, $25,000 for administration and $4,500 for architecture, engineering and environmental costs.

The village has contracted with J. O’Connell and Associates in Clarence to administer the grant. The projects need approval from the State Historic Preservation Office because the downtown is included on the National Register of Historic Places. The 10 projects are currently being reviewed by SHPO, Village Clerk/Treasurer Linda Babcock advised the Village Board on Tuesday.

That committee that approved the allocations includes Karen Conn, Code Enforcement Officer Kevin Sheehan, Tony Wynn, Planning Board Chairman Matt Hand, Mary Sullivan from the Village Clerk’s Office, Richard Nenni and Jeannette Riley.

The grants include:

  • The Lockstone and Tinsel – $18,750
  • Morrison Realty – $21,017
  • Krantz Furniture – $64,776
  • Day and Day Building – $36,880
  • Pratt Building – $23,830
  • Hair Fantasy – $11,250
  • Lyman and Lyman – $38,227
  • Dance Reflections – $11,616
  • Seaway Insurance Agencies (Albion Agencies) – $16,753
  • 10-12 North Main St. (John Brabon for apartments) – $67,930

The projects all need to be done within two years from the when the grant was awarded. That gives the building owners and village until March 31, 2023.