GENESEO — Greg O’Connell asked the Village Board to apply for the NY Communities Initiative Municipal Grant Program to restore the ‘Poorhouse’ on Millennium Drive off of Rte. 20A.
O’Connell’s said he envisioned turning the building into an event center.
“It’s a great opportunity to restore this building.” said Downtown Coordinator for Livingston County Louise Wadsworth. “To bring this building up to commercial use is huge.”
The grant is an opportunity for the municipality to work on buildings that are in severe disrepair.
There are no bathrooms in the building, so they will be starting from scratch.
This is a similar grant to that which set aside $500,000 with the Village of Avon for the Avon Inn restoration project.
The grant, if accepted, can be for between $500,000 up to $1 million.
How big the building is and how much construction needs to be done determines how much money municipalities can apply for.
The ‘Poorhouse’ is around 13,000 square feet, so the village can apply for close to the $1 million.
“It’s a risk,” said Deputy Mayor Sandra Brennan. “There’s no plan approval process.”
For this grant, you have to have the money upfront and then send in your receipts to get refunded.
The Village moved to accept the resolution and will apply for the grant.
Applications are due by Dec. 15.