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BATAVIA SEEKS STATE GRANT FOR DOWNTOWN REVIVAL

The City Council on Monday added another piece to an ongoing effort to revive a once-prosperous business district by seeking a state grant of as much as $200,000.

The Downtown Batavia Business Improvement District is applying for the funds to finance facade improvements and upper-floor residential projects in a one-block area of downtown. The state is making grants of up to $20 million through a New York Main Street revitalization program.

Downtown revival was spurred last year by the reconstruction of Main Street, with aesthetic improvements ranging from streetlights and brick sidewalks to benches and bushes. Several apartments are under construction or planned for the second and third floors of former stores.

Council President Christine M. Fix announced that her first State of the City report would be presented at 7 p.m. Thursday in the Genesee Country Mall concourse.

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