Cuomo details plans for new Welcome Center and other projects in Geneva

Jun 16, 2017

Rendering of the new Finger Lakes Welcome Center
Credit Office of Gov. Cuomo

Governor Andrew Cuomo came to Geneva Friday, to detail specifics of the projects that will be funded by the $10 million that city is getting from the state for its downtown revitalization.

The award was first announced a year ago, and Cuomo on Friday talked about a dozen projects that will be receiving funds including  $1.25 million to create a solar village, which will use solar electric and heat pump technology.

Cuomo says other projects include making it easier for pedestrians to access the lakefront  on Seneca Lake from downtown Geneva.

“2.2 million dollars to improve pedestrian access to Seneca lake, across routes 5 and 20; the water is the asset. Improve access to the water because that is the magnet that is driving people and that’s what you did."

Credit Office of Gov. Cuomo

Cuomo also announced another $5 million for a new Finger Lakes Welcome Center in Geneva. That money was included in the new state budget.

It is one of 10 such facilities being built around the state, and it will be constructed at the site where the current Geneva Visitors Center now stands on Lakefront Drive.

The state has partnered with the New York Wine & Culinary Center to help design the facility which will showcase locally sourced craft beverages and foods. It will also serve to help promote area attractions.

Rochester’s Strong Museum is also involved developing plans for a children’s outdoor play area.