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Businesses can benefit from $300,000 state grant awarded to Springville

Businesses in Springville can benefit from a state grant that pays half the cost of building enhancements.

The Village Board accepted a $300,000 New York Main Street grant Monday night.

Village officials plan to use some of the grant for park benches on Factory Street as part of a project that will create a village-owned park. Most of the grant will be available for businesses on Main and Mechanic streets to improve their structures, including the facades. “We will go back to those businesses and see who is interested,” Mayor William J. Krebs said.

The grant pays half the expense. If a business spends $30,000 on improvements, the grant will reimburse the owner $15,000.

Business owners will become eligible for the reimbursement after they complete the project.

The Western New York Regional Economic Development Council, part of Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo’s statewide program, awarded the grant. The village government received a similar grant for $250,000 last year.

Board members also said farewell to Village Administrator Timothy L. Horner, who will retire Jan. 4. His successor, Elizabeth C. Melock, arrived Dec. 14 and is working with Horner during the transition period.