Downtown Revitalization projects highlight historic mixed-use core in Penn Yan

Lt. Gov. Kathy Hochul enjoyed a stroll down Main Street Penn Yan Aug. 8 to see with her own eyes the places where 15 projects will transform the village using $10 million in funding through the state’s Downtown Revitalization Initiative. “I’m here to make your dreams come true,” she told the crowd that gathered in anticipation at the historic Belknap building.

She announced, on Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo’s behalf, the strategic investments in Penn Yan to highlight its historic mixed-use core, the Lake Street commercial corridor, a robust craft food and beverage industry, and the Keuka Marsh and Outlet in the heart of the Finger Lakes region.

The specific projects to be funded through the DRI include:

Revive the Sampson Theater as a Cultural Anchor ($1 million): Stabilize and expand the Sampson Theater for year-round use as a cultural destination to draw larger audiences to downtown on weeknights and weekends. The project includes interior renovations, exterior rehabilitation, and sprinkler system updates to the 1910 theater.

Transform Historic Knapp Hotel into Mixed-use Gateway ($1.5 million): Convert the vacant historic Knapp Hotel into a mixed-used anchor and gateway to downtown…

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