Village of Homer to host DRI meeting next week

Village of Homer. (Photo via the Village of Homer Recreation Department).

Residents and community leaders could have the opportunity to shape the village of Homer’s next Downtown Revitalization Initiative (DRI) application.

At a recent Board of Trustees meeting, Village of Homer officials announced they will be seeking community input for their next application to be the recipient of a $10 million state grant to reinvigorate Homer’s downtown.

A community input meeting is planned for Sept. 7 at the Homer Center for the Arts from 4-7 p.m.

“It would be great if people came and gave us their ideas, thoughts, and feedback,” Mayor Hal McCabe said. 

After an unsuccessful application for DRI funding doled out last year, the village is submitting an application for an upcoming round of funds.

“The feedback we have gotten from multiple different organizations is that we have a very good chance at getting this program,” Mayor Hal McCabe said.

McCabe said the village will try to follow through with its previously set goal of opening up access to the village’s waterfront.

“We tried to reach out to as many people we thought would be interested in doing some of these projects as we could, but we obviously cannot reach everybody,” he added.

Village officials are also looking for assistance from the community outside of the meeting. Those interested in providing feedback can complete a survey here.

McCabe noted the village will also be applying for funding through the N.Y. Forward state program, which would award up to $4.5 million in state funds to a rural community in the state for downtown enlivening.

Applications to both N.Y. Forward and DRI grant programs are due Sept. 23.