Penn Yan’s DRI projects are ready for state’s approval

The wait for the final plan for transformation of downtown Penn Yan begins soon.

The Local Planning Committee for the Downtown Revitalization Initiative has completed its work, and will send its recommendation for $15 million in funding for projects totaling $24.6 million to state officials for a final decision. The final state recommendations for spending $9.7 million of the total $10 million award ($300,000 was earmarked for the committee work and consultant fees) will come back this summer.

From the time the local committee began working with consulting firm LaBella, around 1,500 people have attended meetings and participated in surveys as part of the process to finalize recommendations.

Applications were submitted for 40 projects seeking almost $32 million in funding in December. Those original applications included plans for 75 apartments, 18 condominiums, new restaurants, 19 new or improved commerical spaces along with improvements to parks, trails, streetscapes, signage, and public conveniences.

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