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Building Owner Resources

Building Owner Resources

Summary of Services Offered

Corning’s Gaffer District’s design consultations provide the tools to help building owners improve the physical assets of their buildings. Design consultation includes working with property owners to find the best and often most cost effective solutions to make the exterior inviting to customers. Often a simple coat of paint and awning replacement can change the way a block of property feels. Our services are provided at no-cost to downtown merchants and property owners. The assistance is broadly offered and includes providing façade color choice recommendations and illustrations, signage plans, rehabilitation advice for building facades, written recommendations and resources, and drawings of facades with material colors selected.

All recommendations are specific for each building and property owner, or the streetscape’s historic qualities and/or budget parameters. Services are not limited to the Market Street Historic District. 

Grant Opportunities 

Facilitating the Crystal City's revitalization. With assistance from the New York Main Street Program, property owners can receive funding to improve their building, providing an environment that attracts new business investment. The program, facilitated by Corning's Gaffer District, is intended to stimulate reinvestment in "main street" buildings in order to address issues of code compliance, energy conservation, accessibility, and to provide affordable housing and job opportunities.

Façade Grant

Enhancing the character of our downtown. With the Façade Grant, businesses and property owners have the opportunity to receive assistance in maintaining, repairing, and improving the physical appearance of their buildings. This matching grant of between $250.00 and $500.00 for exterior improvements promotes the preservation of the heritage and integrity of our buildings, while enhancing the overall aesthetic of Corning's Gaffer District.

NEW Facade Grant Program Information
NEW Facade Grant Program Application

Logo and Sign Design for New Businesses

Small businesses are crucial to the vitality of our Historic District. To help establish—or update—a business’ look and feel, Corning’s Gaffer District offers complimentary logo design for new and existing businesses. Our in-house team of graphic artists will ensure your business looks its best by upholding high standards of design and preserving historical character, resulting in increased traffic to your business and the District as a whole.

Sign Design Program Info

Historic Corning
Historic Corning

Corning's Gaffer District invites you to join us in a celebration of our rich history.

Questions or Need Assistance?

Kristen Stewart

Director of Preservation & Design
(607) 937-6292

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