The Journal Register (Medina, NY)

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February 20, 2013

MBA supports new visitor's center

Medina Journal-Register — MEDINA — The effort to re-establish the village’s visitors center received a boost Tuesday, as the Medina Business Association approved funding for a facelift at the center’s new site.

The MBA will contribute upwards of $200 towards painting of the City Hall building, where the visitors center is moving after previously being housed at the former Chamber of Commerce office on Main Street.

MBA President Cindy Robinson said the Village DPW will paint the entranceway and foyer of the building this spring. The visitors center has typically been open on weekdays from Memorial Day to Labor Day, with volunteers manning an information desk.

Robinson said the presence of a site dedicated to promoting the village and its activities helps the MBA’s business members.

“Visitors may come to the village for one thing, but if they can see what we have we can keep them longer,” Robinson said, “and hopefully shop here longer.”

In addition to the painting, the City Hall entrance will also receive a new glow. The Orleans Renaissance Group is donating old schoolhouse-style lights taken from the under-construction Bent’s Hall; and furniture is being brought over from the old site.

The new site will not be ADA accessible, but Robinson said that the visitors center’s presence will aid a village push for grant funding to increase accessibility to the building, which also houses the headquarters of the village’s public works, zoning, fire and police departments.

The visitors center will continue to be run by the Medina Tourism Committee, and will include maps, fliers and information about businesses and events. Tourism Committee Chairman Jim Hancok said guides for self-directed walking tours and souvenirs are planned additions this year. 

“It’s always nice to have a place to go where people can be welcomed to the village,” Hancock said.

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