Wellsville receives $4.5 million in state development funds for seven projects

Proposed transformation of former train depot in the Village of Wellsville

The Village of Wellsville has been approved for $4.5 million in state funding for seven community development projects.

The announcement came this afternoon from the office of New York Gov. Kathy Hochul who happens to be in Ireland, addressing a Global Economic Summit.

The award is included with 15 others in what are being termed “transformational projects” for the Western New York Region.

The combination, part of the state Downtown Revitalization Initiative and NY Forward funding, also involves $10 million for nine projects in Dunkirk and $4.5 million for eight projects in Lancaster.

Transformation of the former train depot on Depot into a new event space and railroad themed museum will receive the most Wellsville money at $1,228 million.

This is followed by:

— $780,000 for expanding arts studio offerings at the Creative Arts Center at 124 North Main Street by renovating studio spaces, installing a freight elevator, and purchasing a new kiln; renovating space to create new apartments and workspaces for artists; and making upgrades to the building exterior and mechanical systems.

— $762,000 for renovating the former Daily Reporter newspaper facility at 159 North Main Street into new commercial space on the first floor and rental units above.

— $640,000 to develop a new dining, entertainment and event space, named Entertainment at the Well, in the former Wellsville Municipal Building at North Main and Jefferson Streets.

— $449,000 to establish a Wellsville New York Forward Small Project Fund to support applicants seeking building and business improvements.

— $551,000 to improve village gateways, designed to enhance the pedestrian experience on State Street with safer and more appealing crossings, expanded sidewalks, and the addition of decorative fencing and flag mounts on the Madison Street memorial bridge. 

— $90,000 for development a branding and wayfinding plan, along with a new village website.

Conceptual drawings of all of the projects are available at https://tinyurl.com/Wellsville-Development-Award.