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Canandaigua looks to NY for help

Although unsuccessful in previous attempts, city officials are optimistic this time around that state grant money will aid in the revitalization of downtown, help in the cleanup of a blighted Main Street property and bring unleashed dogs and their owners to a new city-owned park for exercise and socialization.

While there are other projects requiring state assistance in the works — including those dealing with the health of Canandaigua Lake — Acting City Manager John Goodwin said the following are the “big three.”

1 The City of Canandaigua once again is seeking $10 million as part of an overall $100 million award as part of the Downtown Revitalization Initiative, which a year ago was awarded to the City of Geneva. On Friday, Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced the 12 major projects that will receive funding. The state funds go to develop a downtown strategic investment plan, which will lead to implementing “key catalytic” projects that advance that vision. The city, as well as nine other communities, are expected to find out who wins next month.

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