By ANDY GARDNER
MASSENA -- Massena’s Business Development Corporation (BDC) is in the scoping phase for 13 applicants seeking a portion of $250,000 in New York State Main Street grant funding.
BDC officials will not release the applicants’ names until the projects are ready to begin and said the scope process could take up to 60 days. When asked via email when the scoping started, BDC director Thomas Sullivan replied “the scope process is ongoing.”
According to Linda Williams of the BDC, the grant would be the first time the village has used the funds. She said the village qualified in 2005, but no one applied for a grant.
Sullivan said the BDC is eligible for up to 7.5 percent of the funding to compensate for its services as grant administrator. He noted that they have In. Site: Architecture and J.P Tubbs helping guide them through the process.
“We are very thankful for their expertise as we move forward in the administration of the grant,” Sullivan wrote in an email. “We get the satisfaction of helping the community and we are following NYS guidelines.”
According to the state Office of Homes and Community Renewal website, eligible projects for a Main Street Grant must be either a building renovation or streetscape enhancement. The project must also be located in what the state defines as an “eligible target area,” meaning there is a significant degree of deterioration and decay and at least 50 percent of the residents are low-income, or the area is designated eligible by a state or federal government.