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Rick Hauser to speak on local revitalization

SPRINGVILLE — A presentation on community reinvestment with architect and mayor of Perry, N.Y., Rick Hauser, will take place at Springville village court, at 65 Franklin St., at 7 p.m. on Jan. 8. Anyone interested in downtown revitalization or those who want to help, but don’t know how, may attend.

Six years ago, Hauser developed an anti-blight tool called “Main Street LLC” – a community-wide development corporation. The concept has been tested and proven with Perry New York LLC, which has renovated several broadly-owned downtown projects using the model, and Hauser has since helped communities across the state evaluate its potential use, in their towns.

Chamberlin said, “We have encountered many people who want to see downtown succeed, but very few have the capital to buy and rehabilitate an older house or commercial building, themselves. This concept provides a way for the average citizen to invest in downtown and help preserve the area.”

Hauser started In Site: Architecture in 2001, and also co-founded a sister business, to buy and rehabilitate downtown buildings. He taught architecture for 12 years at Hobart and William Smith Colleges in Geneva, N.Y. where his firm now maintains a second office. He has also helped launch and manages several regional events, including a farmers market, an annual First Night celebration and a chalk art festival. He began Perry Main Street Association, a volunteer-led, downtown advocacy and action organization in 2006. His firm’s “Downtowns Studio” includes revitalization consulting for villages, small cities and neighborhoods. In March, he became Perry’s mayor.


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