Tuesday, February 15, 2011
By WILLIAM J. KEMBLE
ROSENDALE — The Town Board has agreed to endorse an application by Rural Ulster Preservation Co. to seek state funding for facade improvements in the business district.
The state Office of Community Renewal funding was discussed during a Town Board meeting last week, when officials said there would be a 50 percent match of money paid by property owners for work done on structures that have combined commercial and residential tenants.
“It’s specifically for mixed-use buildings,” said Deputy Town Supervisor Jennifer Metzger. “The building owner is eligible for up to $50,000 for the building plus $25,000 for each additional residential unit.”
Officials said there could be improvements sought for municipal improvements on Main Street.
“There’s also a special streetscape enhancement category of funding component to this grant,” Metzger said. “So if the commercial district is awarded the grant the town could get up to $50,000 in streetscape enhancements as well.”
Officials said there have efforts to have businesses work directly with Rural Ulster Preservation Co. on the application.
“They approached the (Rosendale Theater Collective) to apply for an anchor grant and I’ve been talking to local businesses about participating in the renovations component,” Metzger said. “There’s 10 building owners that are interested in doing that beyond the facade. Actually, it’s any kind of renovation including energy efficiency. Anything but a roof.”