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BATAVIA – This city, already moving to improve its downtown and residential areas, is seeking further financial help through three grant applications approved Monday by the City Council.

Habitat for Humanity wants $100,000 from a Rural Area Revitalization Project to assist with future acquisition and rehabilitation work. The agency works with the city and the Batavia Housing Authority to put foreclosed properties back in use.

The Batavia Business Improvement District is seeking up to $150,000 from the same federal agency to secure funding for downtown owners to install external elevators to serve second and third floors in some historic buildings.

The city will apply for a grant of up to $400,000 to continue housing rehabilitation programs. The city received a similar grant four years ago and used it to fix up 19 residences.

In recent years, along with work to correct blight and substandard housing in a few neighborhoods, the city’s downtown got a new face with trees, shrubs and flowers decorating three blocks of sidewalks and medians.