The Downtown Partnership is an award winning community revitalization program that has had remarkable success in creating and expanding businesses and renovating historic properties.
The mission of the Downtown Partnership is to promote and enhance the unique, authentic, and vibrant villages of Livingston County. The Partnership enhances economic growth through programs and assistance in:
- Downtown revitalization and community development
- Preservation and enhancement of downtown buildings
- Integrated marketing of the existing businesses and community
- Entrepreneurship development and recruitment of new businesses
Scroll through the timeline below to learn more.
Downtown Partnership Timeline
Dansville receives New York Main Street Grant – $399,000 in grant funds leverage $1,010,694 in private investment to renovate 13 buildings, 14 commercial units and 17 apartments
Lima receives New York Main Street Grant – $315,000 in grant funds leverage $167,000 in private investment to renovate 7 buildings, 11 commercial units and 8 apartments
Livingston County’s Downtown Revitalization Program is rebranded as the Downtown Partnership
Geneseo and Avon join the Downtown Partnership
Geneseo receives New York Main Street Grant – $410,000 in grant funds leverage $467,600 in private investment to renovate 11 buildings, 24 commercial units and 7 apartments
RP-485n Tax Exemption for Livingston County receives overwhelming approval in both the State Senate and Assembly
Livingston County pilots a local Sign & Façade program, awarding $62,083 in grant funds to leverage $221,532 in private investment and complete 19 projects
Avon receives New York Main Street Grant – $250,000 in grant funds leverage $211,150 in private investment to renovate 8 buildings, 11 commercial units and 12 apartments
Nunda receives New York Main Street Grant – $250,000 in grant funds leverage $248,726 in private investment to renovate 8 buildings, 13 commercial units and 6 apartments
The Sign & Façade program awards $42,782 in grant funds to leverage $73,018 in private investment and complete 15 projects
Livingston County administers a $150,000 Rural Area Revitalization Project Grant leveraging $200,000 in private investment to rehabilitate the historic Riviera Theater in Geneseo
The Sign & Façade program awards $91,833 in grant funds to leverage $147,035 in private investment and complete 28 projects
Caledonia and Livonia join the Downtown Partnership
New York Main Street Technical Assistance Grants fund reuse plans for 11 downtown buildings in Caledonia and Livonia
Dansville, Geneseo, and Mount Morris receive New York Main Street Grant – $500,000 in grant funds leverage $597,649 in private investment to renovate 17 buildings, 19 commercial units and 11 apartments
Awarded NYSEDC’s Certificate of Excellence for its Downtown Partnership Brochure
The Sign & Façade program awards $59,067 in grant funds to leverage $104,950 in private investment and complete 23 projects
Leicester joins the Downtown Partnership – all 9 villages are now members!
New York Main Street Grant awarded for the completion of building renovation projects in Caledonia and Livonia
New York Main Street Technical Assistance Grants fund reuse plans for downtown buildings in Avon and Leicester
Livingston County named quarter-finalist in the America’s Best Communities Contest – community revitalization plan completed
The Sign & Façade program awards $48,453 in grant funds to leverage $130,000 in private investment and complete 15 projects
Senator Young authors legislation to establish a Main Street Development Center, citing Livingston County’s successes which should be replicated
Awarded NYSEDC’s Inaugural Excellence in Community-Based Development Award
Awarded Nation Association of Counties Achievement Award for the Downtown Partnership Program
The Sign & Façade program awards $68,584 in grant funds to leverage $213,115 in private investment and complete 17 projects
Sign and Facade Program
Before and After
7296 W. Main Street, Lima
Building or business owners can apply for up to $3,500 in matching funds (50/50) for sign and/or façade improvements to their downtown building. Eligible uses of funds include repairs, painting, siding, windows, doors, awnings, and signage.
Buildings must be in the designated downtown district of a member community to be eligible for this program (see maps below). All projects must comply with the locally developed Design Guidelines (see below by Village). The Downtown Coordinator reviews projects for consistency with the guidelines and supervises execution of the project.
Sign and Facade applications will be accepted and considered for funding monthly until funding runs out. Applications are due by the 15th of each month, or the following business day when the 15th falls on a weekend or holiday. To ensure availability of funding, please contact Louise Wadsworth prior to applying at 585-243-7124.
Designated Downtown District
Programs under the Downtown Partnership apply to buildings and businesses within the boundaries of the designated downtown district which has been determined, for each member community, by a local committee with guidance from the Downtown Coordinator.
Designated Downtown District Maps by Community:
Design guidelines specific to each member community have been developed in collaboration with the Downtown Coordinator and a steering committee from each community. Design guidelines are meant to be used as a guide when rehabilitating historic storefronts in a designated downtown district. Adhering to these guidelines will contribute to the creation of a vibrant and pedestrian friendly downtown.
Design Guidelines by Community:
New York Main Street Program
Livingston County Development assists county communities in applying to the New York Main Street (NYMS) Program and has administered and successfully completed nine programs to date.These nine programs have stimulated renewed private investment in our central business districts. NYMS provides matching grant funds to help revitalize historic downtowns through targeted building improvements such as façade renovations, interior commercial/residential building upgrades, and streetscape enhancements.
Funding is currently available for designated properties in the Villages of Avon and Leicester.
Application to Apply – To type in application and save progress you must first download and save the document to your computer. Once complete, please print your application, initial and sign where prompted, and turn in one original with required attachments.
Before and After
164 Main Street, Dansville
Livingston County Commercial District Assessment
In 2017 Livingston County Economic Development received a New York Main Street Technical Assistance grant to undertake a commercial district analysis for the County and its nine downtown districts. Larisa Ortiz Associates was engaged to conduct the assessment. Ms. Ortiz facilitated several community meetings in October of 2017 and returned in February of 2018 to present the final results.
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Keep the conversations going! Join the LIVINGSTON COUNTY DOWNTOWN FORUM Facebook group. This is a place where the local advocates for the downtowns of Livingston County can communicate with each other regarding the challenges and successes of their revitalization efforts. The Downtown Partnership will post information pertaining to strategies and recommendations for downtown revitalization. Events and meeting notices relating to the group will be also be posted here.