A lot of activity has been happening on Main Street lately.


Earlier this month, about half of the Main Street building owners who were approved locally for the New York?Main Street Grant were given the nod by New York State Historic Preservation Office. More are expected to be approved at a later date.


For those who have been given the go-ahead, that means once building owners secure permits and contractors, work on renovation projects can begin.

A lot of activity has been happening on Main Street lately.


Earlier this month, about half of the Main Street building owners who were approved locally for the New York?Main Street Grant were given the nod by New York State Historic Preservation Office. More are expected to be approved at a later date.


For those who have been given the go-ahead, that means once building owners secure permits and contractors, work on renovation projects can begin.


Julie Marshall deputy director for Livingston County Economic Development expressed by phone Tuesday her enthusiasm for working with the communities and buisness owners to help revitalize Main Street.


Jennifer Tomaschow, one of the recipients of both the state and Livingston County Sign and Facade grant for her two buildings, has been busy since spring spending much of her own resources restoring The Coffee Cup and Sugar Bowl at 173 and 175 Main Street, respectively.


“I do plan on opening The Sugar Bowl first,” she said.


Longtime Dansville residents will remember the Main Street landmarks, both closed for many years.


The Coffee Cup will remain in its historic location, with its landmark sign rehung.


While The Sugar Bowl will open next door, the original Sugar Bowl building, formerly between  The Star Theatre and Hammerheads Tavern, has been going through a seperate renovation of its own.


Angelo Pantazis, originally from Long Island, has been busy refurbishing the former Sierra’s Hearth into Off the Hook.


The remodeling has been through his own financing, and is not in any way a part of the Main Street grant.


While Off the Hook implies a seafood restaurant, Pantazis said seafood will be one of many items on his menu, which will also incorporate Greek, Italian and American-style foods.


Regarding new restaurants, an interested party is looking at purchasing The Old Madrid. While specific information is not available at this time, Nothnagle realtor Dan Edmond said the potential owners are from out of town and have experience in the restaurant industry. If all goes well, the new owners are expected to close on the property  this fall.


The Village of Lima was also awarded the state grant  earliler this year, at the same time as Dansville.


Geneseo, Mt. Morris (on its second attempt, the first of which caught wide attention) and Nunda are awaiting approval of the state grant.