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Nolan’s, resort projects get help in Canandaigua

The people who wrote successful grants to rebuild Nolan’s restaurant and jump-start the stalled Canandaigua Finger Lakes Resort project presumably have the most intimate knowledge of the two high-profile projects in the city.

That’s why City Council’s planning/development committee is recommending the full council appoint Harrison Studio to administer the grants and help both projects move forward, although one is much farther along than the other.

Harrison was one of two to respond to the city’s request for proposals. The group will receive $32,000 to do the work —$16,000 for each project — which includes “miles of paperwork” necessary for the projects to proceed, said City Manager John Goodwin at a committee meeting Tuesday night.

Goodwin said the group, which wrote the grants for the two projects, has extensive experience in working with the Community Development Block Grant program, a federal program administered by the state Office of Community Renewal.

“They do this in their sleep,” Goodwin said.

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