Governor announces $1 million in Restore NY funds for Nesbitt Manor project in Carlton

By Tom Rivers, Editor Posted 22 May 2023 at 4:30 pm

CARLTON – The Town of Carlton has been awarded $1 million towards the renovation of Nesbitt Manor along Johnson Creek, Gov. Kathy Hochul announced today.

The project will provide seven rooms for rent and an event space. A neighboring carriage house will be renovated as full-service café, kitchen and patio space, according to a news release from the governor’s office.

Hochul announced $146 million statewide in Restore New York grants. The Carlton project is the only one listed for Orleans County.

The Village of Albion also applied for Restore NY funding, and still could receive a grant, said Jay Grasso, the village’s grant writer.

“We still have a shot,” he said in an email about Albion.

The City of Batavia in Genesee County also was awarded $1.85 million for “Carr’s Reborn,” a project to renovate Carr’s department store.

Restore NY supports municipal revitalization efforts across the state, helping to remove blight, reinvigorate downtowns and generate economic opportunity in communities statewide. The program, administered by Empire State Development, is designed to help local governments revitalize their communities and encourage commercial investment, improve the local housing stock, put properties back on the tax rolls and increase the local tax base, Hochul said in a new release.

“These Restore New York grants will help to reimagine downtowns across our state and transform vacant, blighted and underutilized buildings into vibrant community anchors,” Governor Hochul said. “Thanks to a more than $146 million state investment, we are breathing new life into communities from Hudson to North Hempstead, jumpstarting new economic activity and helping ensure that New York State continues to be a place where people come to live, work and raise their families.”