Lynch’s Furniture to spiff up store with DRI money

One of Geneva’s oldest businesses will be undergoing improvements with help from a special fund that is part of the $10 million awarded to the city from the state’s Downtown Revitalization Initiative.

Lynch’s Furniture on Exchange Street is one of eight properties selected to share in $400,000 under the city’s Adaptive Reuse Program, which targets vacant or underutilized buildings.

Store owner Bernie Lynch said he plans to build six to seven new display windows on the eastern side (back) of his building as part of renovations that are expected to begin this year. As part of the project, he’ll be creating six new parking spots on the back side of the building as well.

The building’s front facade and first floor also are getting a facelift as part of the project, said Lynch. That will include new windows, signage, carpet, painting and re-pointing of brickwork.

Lynch said none of this would be happening without the special DRI funds, which require a 50 percent match on the part of the owners.

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