Requests cut to $20 million as Penn Yan DRI process moves forward

At the public meeting of the Village of Penn Yan’s Downtown Revitalization Initiative (DRI) Local Planning Committee (LPC) Tuesday, Jan. 22 at the Penn Yan Fire Hall, about 60 members of the public witnessed the process of paring down the over $30 million in application requests to near $20 million. Under the terms of the DRI, the LPC must work to form a final slate of recommended projects, totalling no more that $15 million, for submission to the state by March.

The full list of proposed projects included plans for 75 apartments, 18 single family condominiums, three new restaurants, one improved restaurant, a speakeasy, a brewery, 19 new or improved commercial spaces and improvements to parks, trails, streetscapes, signage, and public conveniences.

The committee has been charged with selecting projects that are transformative and meet the majority of the goals established from the downtown Penn Yan vision statement. Those goals include leveraging the area’s natural and historic assets, promoting locally produced foods, beverages, products, goods, and services downtown; stimulate a vibrant year-round downtown arts and culture scene; and provide access and opportunity for all residents to be part of Downtown Penn Yan’s revitalization.

Chris Bauer of the Dept. of State, reiterated rules for committee members to recuse themselves from projects in which they or the organizations they represent, have an interest. He further stated that all projects are being looked at equally by the LPC. Bauer also mentioned that other funding may be available for projects that do not make the Project Slate submittal.

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