Lowville Applying For $10M State GrantPosted: Updated:
Lewis County planners are confident this could be the year for downtown Lowville.
"We don't have the funds. Our population is dwindling. This is the year," said Casandra Buell, Lewis County senior planner:
The village is applying for the state's annual $10 million downtown revitalization grant.
It's the first time Lowville is throwing its hat in the ring and, already, there's brainstorming of what to do with that money.
"Open up some of our new business fronts, get rid of some of our dilapidated buildings and just try to upgrade and spruce up the whole downtown," said Joe Beagle, Lowville mayor.
Beagle says besides sprucing up, the village hopes to bring in a new visitors center and connect downtown to recreational trails.
However, the biggest goal is to attract more people to Lowville and make them want to stay.
Officials say if the state money is granted, it could help jump start the funding for some projects that are already in the works. Space located near James Street has been designed for a community play center.
"They are shovel ready. They literally just need that funding to put them over that hump to get the community center up and rolling," said Buell.
The village will either get awarded with the full $10 million or nothing.
While ideas are circulating, planners are turning to the public for input.
"They may see something the village doesn't see. They may see something the planning department doesn't see," said Buell.
The village is applying for the funding by the end of the month with a response expected sometime between August and October.
Planners are asking anyone with project ideas to email them to email@example.com.