Nolan’s seeks federal aid, faces community skepticism

The owner of Nolan’s restaurant in Canandaigua, destroyed by fire in July, predicted growth, more jobs, and more tax revenue for the city if the restaurant receives community development aid to rebuild, as skeptics question such a use a public money.

“From my perspective, the answer is ‘yes,’ it’s appropriate,’” Nick Violas, co-owner of Nolan’s told News 10 NBC. “I believe we are a worthy candidate for a grant.”

On Friday, the City of Canandaigua formally filed a request to the state Office of Community Renewal asking for funding under the federal Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) program.

The application, prepared by Nolan’s consultant The Harrison Studio, asks for $400,000 to support the rebuilding, refurnishing, re-equipping and restaffing of the business plus $16,000 for the city to handle administrative costs.

Nolan’s burned down on July 13 in a fire ruled accidental. To replace it, citing what he said was steady and promising growth since its opening in 2011, Violas proposed building a bigger restaurant, a new, larger event space, and an expanded catering business which he said would provide more jobs and more tax revenue for the city.

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