The unmistakable sounds of revitalization can be heard these days in downtown Ticonderoga, thanks in large part to public grants secured by PRIDE of Ticonderoga.
“You hear the saws, the hammers,” the non-profit organization’s Executive Director Sharon Reynolds said. “It’s a real indicator of revitalization. It just connotes progress.”
In 2010, PRIDE was awarded a $387,000 New York Main St. Grant, the organization’s third in five years. The funds for this competitive state grant come from the New York State Housing Trust Fund Corporation.
The grant received by PRIDE was divvied up to 19 downtown building owners to do renovations on their structures. About half of these projects have been completed, Reynolds said.
“Even though you are seeing some exciting changes on Main St., a lot of it you can’t see,” Reynolds said, adding that unseen building renovations included things like replacing furnaces and fixing roofs.
Additionally, $60,000 from the grant was set aside to complete renovations on Moses Circle.
Reynolds said that while the grant was important, she couldn’t emphasize enough how the revitalization wouldn’t have been possible without the building owners’ participation.
“The key to these grants, and why I think it’s a big deal, is that fifty percent of the project costs for each building the owners match,” Reynolds said. “So it’s an investment.”
Participants include the building owners of Burleigh’s Luncheonette, Angela’s Hair Salon, Mountain Time Furniture, Elks Lodge, The Pub, The Country Florist and Gifts, Rathbuns Jewelry, American Legion, and Wilcox and Regan Funeral Home.
PRIDE serves on the Community Development Committee for the North Country Regional Economic Development Council recently formed by Governor Andrew Cuomo. The non-profit has administered $8 million in housing, downtown revitalization, and historic preservation grants in its 27 year history.