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EVL Area Gets $900K in Two Grants

Nearly $3.8 million in grants for nine projects across Cattaraugus County were announced last week by Gov. Andrew Cuomo.

The Western New York Economic Development Council Awards include two projects in Ellicottville. They are:

• $500,000 for Fitzpatrick & Weller to expand and renovate its hardwood and finished products company in Ellicottville. It will also replace kilns with state-of-the-art equipment to remain competitive, retain jobs and increase productivity; and

• $400,000 for a joint shared engineering services project by the town and village of Ellicottville. It will establish a single engineering department with a full-time engineer working for both municipalities. The new office will oversee the DPW departments and consolidates three part-time positions into one. It will also reduce the need to hire outside engineers.

The largest award in the county was $1.5 million to Historic Cattaraugus for extensive restoration of the Historic Crawford House Hotel on Main Street in the village.

That project is designed to help “turn the Cattaraugus Village Commercial Historic District into a prosperous commercial district while retaining its historic character and architectural integrity,” according to the Western New York Economic Development Council’s announcement.

The city of Olean received $500,000 for the Olean Urban Renewal Agency for a Manufacturer’s Hanover Trust Co. Building stabilization fund; $200,000 for a City of Olean Microenterprise Program; and $59,000 for Forness Park Trail.

The other projects receiving awards include:

• $330,759 for a Cattaraugus County Soil and Water Conservation District project for long-term ditch stabilization.

• $160,812 for T&D Resorts Inc., owners of Triple R Camping Resort in Franklinville, for a full scale water park where visitors will be able to operate an interactive play center with features such as water cannons and water curtains. This regional tourism project is expected to increase visitation to the area.

• $100,000 for an engineering report to evaluate the village of Franklinville’s wastewater collection and treatment system.

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