LIVINGSTON COUNTY – A total of over $1 million may go to two projects that are turning a lot of heads.
According to a press release from Governor Andrew Cuomo, $400,000 is granted for the renovation of the Park Theater into mixed-use facility, including a community theater, and $700,000 is granted for the conversion of the former Livingston County Home into a multi-tenant commercial building.
“Downtown communities are vital to keeping our economies thriving and to attracting businesses and families to put down their roots in New York,” said Cuomo. “The Restore New York Communities Initiative recognizes communities teeming with potential and invests in their transformation and their future, and turns them into neighborhoods New Yorkers are proud to call home.”
The grant money will be held by the Villages of Avon and Geneseo until each project can demonstrate to the state that their project and vision meets several requirements.
Many Avon residents are excited at the chance of the Park Theater reopening on Genesee Street, in the heart of the Village. It has been closed for about 15 years. Its new owner, Ann Younger, said that the details are still being finalized, but there will be more to come shortly on the Theater’s plans. The general idea is to renovate the theater as a full-blown movie and performing arts venue.
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