MALONE — Franklin County Local Development Corp. has awarded funding to a number of Tri-Lakes businesses under the Franklin County Main Street Program.
The Development Corp. was awarded a New York Main Street grant in 2018, with the support of the community development directors from the villages of Saranac Lake and Tupper Lake.
Properties in portions of Main Street and Broadway in Saranac Lake and Park Street in Tupper Lake were eligible to apply for the program.
Twenty-one properties initially submitted applications.
Through a committee review process, they were scored based on visual, commercial and residential impact, readiness and impact to local and regional plans.
Renovations to each property must be completed before October 2020.
Here are the properties that were awarded funds:
86 Main St.: Facade restoration and renovation of two apartment units of mixed-use property.
70 Main St.: Facade improvements of commercial property.
45 to 47 Main St.: Facade improvements of commercial property.
115 Main St.: Facade restoration and structural repair of mixed-use property.
100 Park St.: Facade improvements of commercial property.
115 Park St.: Facade improvements, structural repair and renovation of one apartment unit of mixed-use property.
70 Park St.: Facade improvements of mixed-use property.
123 Park St.: Facade restoration of mixed-use property.
127 Park St.: Facade restoration of mixed-use property.
60 Park St.: Facade improvements of commercial property.
106 Park St.: Facade improvements of commercial property.
93 to 95 Park Street: Renovation and creation of two commercial units in mixed-use property.
Business owners were excited about the funding.
Dr. Duncan Winter, owner of Surgical Eye Care at 86 Main Street, Saranac Lake, said they are thrilled to be a part of the urban-renewal projects taking place in Saranac Lake.
"It’s an exciting time for our community, and I hope this input and energy will bring additional opportunities and pour unity into our town," he said in a news release from the Development Corp.
Louise McNally, director of Tupper Arts at 106 Park St., said facade improvements there will bring new life to the building.
“Tupper Arts is nearly one year old, and many exciting, beautiful things are happening inside," she said in the release.
"A new facade with big windows and a welcoming front door will give us an appropriate look for a Main Street business.
"Both the community and visitors will be able to see the artistic delights inside our doors: artworks, performances, workshops, classes and gift shop."
Local elected officials also welcomed the pending upgrades.
Tupper Lake Mayor Paul Maroun, who is also a Franklin County legislator, said: “The timing was perfect for the arrival of NY Main Street Program funds to support our Park Street property owners in their revitalization efforts. We can't wait to see the transformations."
Franklin County Legislator Lindy Ellis noted that downtown revitalization is an economic-development priority for the county.
“As downtown Saranac Lake continues its resurgence, I am thrilled to know that these key properties will see investment in the coming months," Mayor Clyde Rabideau said.
Awarded through the Office of Homes and Community Renewal, New York Main Street grants provide funding for local revitalization efforts and technical assistance to help communities enliven their downtown or neighborhood commercial district.
The Franklin County Main Street awards come on the heels of the Local Development Corp.'s Microenterprise awards, the first round of which also focused on the villages of Tupper and Saranac Lake.