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The Batavia Business Improvement District and Habitat for Humanity of Genesee County will now be able to move forward with separate revitalization plans thanks to two unanimous votes from City Council Monday.

Both organizations presented grant approval applications to get funding support from the state Office of Community Renewal, which is offering Rural Area Revitalization grants of up to $150,000.

Councilman Brooks Hawley explains why the Council was supportive of BID’s application.

“It’s in our strategic plan for city council," he said. "We’re approving a grant to put elevators into downtown Batavia so people can get to the second and third floors instead of going up the stairs, so that’s very important to us if we’re going revitalize it and make it into apartments and stuff like that.”

Habitat for Humanity plays a critical role in developing rural areas, as well as providing home ownership opportunities for lower income individuals.

“It’s very important because there are houses in Batavia that need revitalization and new people to come in with new money and new ideas," Hawley said. "It’s important because now Habitat for Humanity has gone up to two houses per year and the more the better. They’re helping out Batavia in great ways.”

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