Pathway to Prosperity

Pathway to Prosperity

An unprecedented Batavia Pathway to Prosperity policy was instituted in March 2016 following months of dialogue between City and County officials. Each taxing jurisdiction agreed to repurpose a share of future payments on lieu of tax to leverage private investment made in the City’s central corridor, a unique incentive to advance redevelopment. A five partner strategic alliance was born for program implementation between Genesee County, City of Batavia, Batavia City School District, GCEDC and BDC.

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FreshLAB

FreshLAB

Inside the JJ Newberry building in Batavia the FreshLAB Restaurant Incubator will opened this spring 2018 with two new restaurants ( Eden Cafe and The Wild Rican) and anchor tenant Eli Fish Brewing Company.  FreshLAB is a, first of its kind, restaurant incubator program developed by the BDC to address the dining and entertainment sales leakage in Genesee County.

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Ellicott Station- Savarino Companies

Ellicott Station- Savarino Companies

In March of 2016, Savarino Companies was chosen by the BDC to be the preferred developer of Ellicott Station. Ellicott Station redevelopment is the cornerstone $17 million project now underway in the BID to return a blighted, vacant, abandoned and contaminated site into a thriving mixed-use campus. Facilitated by the Batavia Development Corporation with support from the FLREDC CFA Round VI $1.9M Empire State Development Capital grant and NYS Department of Conservation Brownfield Clean-up Program, it is a key City of Batavia BOA redevelopment. The City was also awarded a $500,000 Restore NY grant to contribute. The project design and financing are well underway, the developer is now seeking entitlements to begin site work in 2018.

DRI Round Two Winner

DRI Round Two Winner

Recognizing that companies are increasingly seeking to relocate and invest in vibrant, walkable downtowns in an effort to attract and retain a talented workforce, Governor Cuomo launched a second round of the Downtown Revitalization Initiative (DRI), a $100 million annual effort to improve the vitality of urban centers across New York State. Downtown Batavia was selected as a DRI Round Two winner. A local planning committee was formed and created Batavia’s DRI Plan and Investment Strategy. Eight projects were selected as part of the Finger Lakes Downtown Revitalization Initiative Batavia Awards. Batavia Award Winners Batavia DRI Plan and Investment Strategy Batavia’s Winning Application

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About the Batavia Development Corporation

The Batavia Development Corporation (BDC) works to improve the quality of life within the City of Batavia through planning, collaboration and programming that will encourage retention and development of small business, promote additional and maximum employment opportunities, retain and enhance the community’s fiscal base and attract new business through research-based marketing and brownfield redevelopment.

The BDC is an independent organization that has assisted small businesses within the City of Batavia since 1994.

Today, the BDC is focused on attracting partners to redevelop underutilized real estate in the City’s central business district while fostering an entrepreneurial business climate. As such, the BDC has the authority to seek loans and grants from governmental agencies, especially where a local or community development corporation is the only acceptable applicant so as to benefit the community citizens and business enterprises at all levels of commerce, industrial, commercial, retail.