POTSDAM The village has received a $200,000 New York Main Street grant to repair historic buildings and spruce up downtown.
Property owners with commercial or mixed-use properties will be able to apply for improvements this spring, and the construction work likely will begin in late spring or early summer.
Were pretty confident that weve got enough money there for four renovation projects, said Frederick J. Hanss, village planning and development director.
Owners of eight buildings in need of renovations are on a waiting list, but all will be welcome to apply as soon as the grant is finalized.
The village will examine all applications and help property owners mostly on a first-come, first-served basis, Mr. Hanss said.
Weve got a list of buildings downtown that do need some work, and those are the folks that are on our waiting list, he said.
Buildings in need of safety systems, emergency lights and electrical work will be given priority, as will those in need of structural improvements.
According to Mr. Hanss, the state funds are important to help business owners maintain and improve the centuries-old buildings in downtown Potsdam, a task that he said may be too difficult for private entrepreneurs.
For a downtown property owner to be able to foot the bill for those can sometimes be daunting, he said.
Potsdam last received a Main Street grant in 2005. The funding fits into the villages longstanding mission of preserving historic locations.
The village has been pretty single-minded in seeing those historic buildings in downtown Potsdam, especially those on the national register, maintained and preserved over time, Mr. Hanss said.
Property owners will be able to attend a pre-application meeting, which will be open to the public, as soon as the details of the grant are finalized.
Following that session, the village will begin accepting applications.
In addition to the building renovations, the village will put some of the money toward various downtown improvements.
Bike racks will be installed, 22 trees will be removed and replaced, and new signs will be added to mark streets and parks more clearly.
Those improvements are scheduled to start in the spring.