In May 2011, the City of Batavia was awarded $266,508 from the NYS Department of State to determine the best opportunities for redevelopment within a 366 acre area downtown. Upon New York State approval of the City’ proposed work plan, a local Steering Committee was established and a consulting services team was selected. This project team will be able to provide a blueprint to maximize property values, enhance the tax base and generate new jobs.
The objectives of the Brownfield Opportunity Areas Program include redevelopment of underutilized, vacant and Brownfield properties, clean-up of select contaminated sites, continue revitalization of downtown and advance neighborhood stabilization. This is the only active program in Genesee County to focus solely on redevelopment, adaptive re-use and infill projects.
In 2013, the consulting services team presented the priority reinvestment opportunities with conceptual renderings, preliminary engineering, solid market data and an outlined incentive package for motivating owners and developers to begin new projects within the City. The City also hosted a “developers forum” that has proven success in other communities.
The program will conclude in 2014 providing the documentation necessary to advance to the Phase III Brownfield Program and to seek a variety of targeted funding sources to implement the plans.