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LeRoy’s famous Creekside Tavern & Inn may finally be re-opening for business. That’s if the Village receives a state grant to revitalize its downtown.

The LeRoy Business Council is leading the charge to apply for up to $500,000 under the NYS Main Street Grant Program. The money would be used to repair brick facades on at least seven businesses, and create 2nd-floor apartments downtown.

The state requires that any grant application must include an “anchor” project. For LeRoy, that is the Creekside Tavern & Inn – an anchor business for years before fire destroyed it in 2004.

Business Council Treasurer Jim Nielsen says the Creekside is a landmark.

"It is a beautiful site, and it's one of the key higher-end restaurants in LeRoy," says Nielsen. He is the head of the Business Council committee dedicated to the Main Street Grant application.

"They've got some great plans to be able to use that facility for events from outside the area – weddings and so forth," Nielsen says.

Rochester contractor Bill Farmer owns the Creekside and has been working to restore it since 2007. According to Farmer's
website, structural and damage and years of disrepair complicated the already fire-ravaged site, and those factors have been slowing the rebuilding process.

Nielsen expects that a round of state funding would push the costly project to completion.

The Village of LeRoy has received a Main Street grant once before, about six years ago. The Business Council received $200,000 and were able to help improve 17 businesses.

Other area municipalities that have received Main Street grants include Batavia ($200,000/Business Improvement District, 2005); Warsaw ($200,000/Greater Warsaw Chamber of Commerce, 2005); and Perry ($200,000/Perry Area Chamber of Commerce, 2009). The Orleans County Economic Development Agency also received a $200,000 Main Street grant in 2006.

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# Lynette Loomis
Sunday, March 06, 2011 9:07 AM
The restoration of the landmark Creekside Tavern and Inn will be a great boost for tourism in the region. The fact that Farmer is planning to restore this beautiful creek side property and restaurant with meeting and special event space will draw people from well beyond LeRoy. When so many small towns are plowing under their landmarks and history, it is wonderful to see a company focused on restoring beauty and charm and enhancing downtown LeRoy.
# Rob Chan
Thursday, March 17, 2011 9:56 AM
Revitalizing and maintaining historic properties is a daunting task, to say nothing of a complete fire restoration. Bill Farmer has already invested much more in the restoration of this building than most can fathom. He deserves any assistance available and the support of local and regional persons and government in his quest to re-establish The Creekside. Communities deserve more than franchise cookie cutter restaurants, and The Creekside has the potential to be among the leaders of independent historic inns we are so blessed to have in Western NY.

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