DANSVILLE — There has been a major change in the image of downtowns since Main Street Grants have been around.
Livingston County Development Downtown Coordinator Louise Wadsworth said about 30 buildings have taken part in the grants since 2011.
“If Dansville wants more grants they need to wait until next year,” Wadsworth said. “We are working on Avon and Leicester now. They can still apply for Sign and Facade grants though. We do those every month.”
The Sign and Facade Grants are $5,000 with a match from the participant.
There are some recent changes to downtown as 164 Main Street has a make-over.
“It would be perfect for an antique shop,” Wadsworth said. “Qiu is looking to lease it right now. We took all of the stuff that was in there and moved it to the front.”
The building next to Nothnagle is being turned into a graphics design business.
“A graphic artist that had been working from home is going to do his business there now,” Wadsworth said. “He does designs for cars and most of his work was done online. There is now a walk-in component. We thought he was going to do a Sign and Facade Grant, but we haven’t heard from him.”
“That place has been empty for years,” Wadsworth continued. “It is a very pretty storefront. I am glad it is being used.”
The old Bake My Day store is becoming the new Pizza King. The Coffee Cup will be open for business soon as well.
So far The Coffee Cup, 164 Main Street, Sunrise, 167 Main Street, 137 Main Street, 182 Main Street, Old Madrid, State Farm, Java Jungle and Brian Teachout have taken part in the grants recently. Sunrise and Java Jungle took both of the grants for their restaurants.
“They are getting a lot of good responses from people now,” Wadsworth said about Sunrise. “People are stopping in that never did before, and it has increased the community pride.”
The total investment into downtown since 2011 has been $2.2 million. There have been 18 brand-new apartments built into unused space.
“It really helps instill community pride, and it inspires other people to get these grants,” Wadsworth said. “I think it inspires other people to invest in downtown. The more you fix it up, the more people are going to stop and get out of their cars. They will walk around downtown.”