“Falconer’s Downtown Rebuilding Efforts Face Challenges, But Citizens and Business Owners Bring Hope”
– Falconer has faced setbacks in rebuilding its downtown due to lack of state funding support and the closure of the developer working on the project.
– However, there is still some funding available for the project, indicating that the state recognizes the importance of revitalizing Falconer’s Main Street.
– The village is working on a new downtown master plan with the Chautauqua County Partnership for Economic Growth and consultants.
– This plan includes various priority projects such as park improvements, street enhancements, building facade improvements, and efforts to promote Falconer-area businesses.
Despite the challenges faced by Falconer in rebuilding its downtown after two devastating fires, there are signs of hope for the village. While previous efforts have been hindered by lack of state funding support and the closure of the developer working on the project, there is still some funding trickling in for the rebuilding efforts. The fact that $250,000 of Regional Economic Development Council funding has been allocated to the project shows that the state recognizes the importance of filling in the gaps on Falconer’s Main Street.
Furthermore, Falconer is actively working on a new downtown master plan in collaboration with the Chautauqua County Partnership for Economic Growth and consultants. This plan aims to identify priority projects and secure funding for them. Some of the projects identified so far include park improvements, street enhancements, building facade improvements, and efforts to promote Falconer-area businesses. There is even talk of restarting the Falconer Business Association or joining the county Chamber of Commerce to better support local businesses.
While there is still work to be done and challenges to overcome, the potential for a more vibrant Falconer is visible. It’s not just about replacing what was lost in the fires; it’s about creating a thriving community that engages both citizens and business owners. Their enthusiasm and vitality are crucial in helping the village fully rebound and create a brighter future.