REOI Waterfront Redevelopment

The Village of Watkins Glen is located at the headwaters of Seneca Lake and is considered the gateway to New York State’s Finger Lakes Region. The beauty of its natural surroundings, authentic and welcoming atmosphere, and accessibility from major metro areas such as NYC, Philadelphia, Washington DC, and Toronto as well as nearby cities of Rochester, Syracuse, and Erie, Pennsylvania, make the Village of Watkins Glen a prime location for developers and investors alike. The economies of Watkins Glen and Schuyler County rely heavily on tourism to and through the Finger Lakes Region. Recent tourism statistics estimate Schuyler County hosts over 3 million annual visitors drawn to attractions in the Village and surrounding area including internationally recognized Watkins Glen International Speedway and Cornell University, nationally recognized Watkins Glen State Park, pristine Seneca Lake, nationally-acclaimed Corning Museum of Glass, and the Seneca Lake Wine and Beer Trails. In 2012, the business community in partnership with the Village of Watkins Glen, Schuyler County, and SCOPED began the Project Seneca Initiative which includes redevelopment of the villages of Watkins Glen and Montour Falls as well as transformation of the waterfront in Watkins Glen. When the transformation is complete, investment is expected to total $400 million. Since 2012, the area has experienced capital investment greater than $190 million

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