Rehabilitation funding provides lift for Fleischmanns

By Brian Sweeney
Portions of the Fleischmanns community are getting a facelift thanks to an ongoing funding assistance program.

To date, 11 buildings are scheduled or have received some level of rehabilitation as part of the New York Main Street Program, which was begun in 2010.

The program is being administered through the MARK Project, an Arkville-based community economic development and technical assistance organization.
MARK Executive Director Peg Ellsworth explained that the $225,000 NY Main Street funding for building renovations is helping to leverage considerably more than $500,000 in additional private investments to expand property improvements.

The Fleischmanns Main Street Program provides up to $30,000 in funding for building renovations, façade improvements and health and safety upgrades.
Ms. Ellsworth noted that there is currently a waiting list of owners seeking to participate in the program. MARK is hoping to write a successful application for funding to create a second phase for the program, she said.

She pointed out that, in addition to the ongoing building upgrades, the Fleischmanns village square and municipal parking lot are scheduled to receive complete a facelift this summer as part of the NY Main Streetscape companion part of the program.

It is anticipated that the program will serve as a springboard for additional beautification projects throughout the warm weather months.
MARK officials and members of the Fleischmanns community have been encouraged by the work in the village.

“The Fleischmanns Main Street program is beginning to show signs of success through facelifts and renovations that indicate investment in the village,” Ms. Ellsworth commented.
“Coupled with continued dedication to improving the building stock and façade beautification projects, Fleischmanns will see a breath of new life on Main Street and reap the benefits of community members’ hard work and investment,” she added.

The MARK Project Inc. is a 501-c-3 not-for-profit, tax-exempt rural development company that unites efforts and secures resources to build and revitalize local communities. For additional information, visit markproject.org or call 586-3500.