Little Italy Association Receives $20,000 Grant at REDC Awards

Rochester Chamber member Little Italy Association received a $20,000 grant from New York State, at the Regional Economic Development Council (REDC) Awards in Albany for its “Little Italy Historic District & Lyell Ave Revitalization Initiative”.

The City of Rochester was also awarded $50,000 today for its "Commercial Corridor Planning Study", which includes the Little Italy Historic District, the Lyell Ave Corridor, and two other city neighborhoods.

Both the City of Rochester and Little Italy Association submitted parallel Consolidated Funding Applications (CFA) for Little Italy Historic District revitalization and planning studies, via the Finger Lakes Regional Economic Development Council and the NYS CFA application process.

Little Italy Association Chairman and President Silvano Orsi said,“We are overjoyed to receive such a strong vote of confidence from NY State for what we are doing to revitalize and officially commemorate Rochester’s 150 year-old Little Italy Historic District. The funds will go towards the Landmark Society’s work to prepare and submit the formal historic district application to Albany and Washington, DC, so that we may obtain official historic district status for the area, and will also go towards a Community Charrette, to be done by Community Design Center of Rochester, so that the planning process for Little Italy is a fully community-informed process. We’re grateful to New York State and Governor Cuomo, and to all those who support us and this grant opportunity, and we look forward to working closely with the City of Rochester and the local community, to properly plan the revitalization of this important NW Gateway into Rochester. Its successful revitalization will greatly enhance the success of neighboring projects, like the High Falls, the Genesee Brewery, and the brand new MCC student campus located adjacent to Little Italy, at Kodak on State Street. This truly is a win for the entire community.”