Residents get last look at Revitalization

W ith implementation of the Mettowee River Revitalization Strategy right around the corner, Granville Mayor Jay Niles urged those who turned out Monday night for the final look to get involved.

“Pursue your interests,” Niles told the 20 people in attendance on the snowy night. The Granville Village Board convened the special meeting to get a final look at the document that officials hope will help to bring grant money from multiple sources into Granville to help make it not just a better place to live but a place other people want to come and visit.

“After going through this process, it sets the village up for multiple grant sources,” Elan Planning’s Lisa Nagle said. Nagle said the question that guided the process from the start was “How can Granville build on the assets it already has?”

What followed was a multiple step process taking input from community members all to developing the plan presented Monday night. The village board is expected to officially adopt the plan at its January meeting. A copy of the entire plan is available on the village website at granvillevillage.com. 

“I’m very excited about the plan. The small details will be taken care of when we get the grants. I thought Elan Planning did an excellent job. They’re very dynamic and well respected by the state people, which then puts us in line for really good future grants,” community member and longtime participant in the development process Molly Celani said Monday night.

Sheila Comar has also attended workshops used to develop the final product shown Monday night. “I think it’s wonderful. I think it’s great that the village had the foresight to do this. And it’s nice to see a lot of people from the town here because we’re all affected by this. We all shop downtown. It’s not like the town and the village are separate. The people who live in the village are affected but the people who live in the town are also part of that,” Comar said.

“It’s nice to see a lot of people came out to this on a snowy evening,” Comar said.

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