Wednesday, 26 December 2018 17:53

2018 Regional Economic Development Council Awards Announced

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On Monday December 18, Governor Cuomo announced the winners of the 2018 Regional Economic Development Council (REDC) Awards.

Central New York REDC was again named a 'top performer' and will receive $88.2 million to support 91 projects. Of those 91 projects, 11 are in Oswego County. Below are the descriptions of those projects.

Sutton Real Estate Companies submitted plans to demolish the Midtown Plaza shopping center in downtown Oswego to construct a new mixed-use property to be called East Lake Commons. The new building will include mixed-income apartment units, plus retail, commercial and office space, along with parking for residents and visitors. They have been awarded $800,000 for this project through an ESD Grant.

Lindsey Aggregates, Inc. will purchase new equipment for the expansion of its facility in Palermo. This project is Phase 2 of their expansion and includes purchasing a vertical shaft impactor, 100-foot electrical stackers and connection and control improvements to the wash plant. They have been awarded $140,000 toward this project through an ESD Grant.

Maple Hollow Farm will create a fresh dairy products line at its farm in Hannibal. The farm is already known for its quality pork, beef, strawberries, Certified Grown in NY maple syrup and Certified Grown in NY eggs. They are looking to expand on this with premium quality dairy products from its herd of Brown Swiss cows. The project includes construction and the purchase and installation of machinery and equipment. They have been awarded $32,000 for this project through an ESD Grant.

Several municipalities will receive also receive funding.

The City of Fulton will construct two multi-use trails along the Oswego Canal, the Pathfinder Canal Towpath Trail and the Canalview Bridge Walk Trail. It will build upon work already completed in Fulton, such as the Indian Point Landing gazebo, as well as the downtown Canal Landing marina, gazebo and park. They have been awarded $150,000 for this project through the Canals program.

The City of Fulton will also construct Phase 1 of the Pathfinder Canal Towpath and Canalview Bridge Walk Trail on the Oswego Canal. The project will advance the goals in the City's draft Local Waterfront Revitalization Program by capitalizing on Fulton's canal location to increase recreational opportunities, support tourism and spur economic growth. Construction will include trail paving, kiosks, lighting, site furnishings, landscaping and interpretive panels. This project was awarded $750,000 through the NYS DOS Local Waterfront Revitalization Program.

The City of Oswego will design and construct improvements at the city-owned Wright's Landing Marina on Lake Ontario. Improvements will include a new boater services station, renovation of the two existing restroom facilities for boaters, and installation of a new pavilion, fire pit, and lighting. This project implements the City's Local Waterfront Revitalization Program and Oswego Waterfront Master Plan by attracting and retaining boaters, visitors and businesses to the waterfront. This project was awarded $934,200 through the NYS DOS Local Waterfront Revitalization Program.

The Town of Sandy Creek will use nature-based methods and materials to restore the shoreline of North Sandy Pond by: reducing the size of a sandy shoal that partially blocks water exchange between Lake Ontario and North Sandy Pond; and restoring a barrier beach. The project's benefits include sheltering wetlands and shoreline properties, increasing shoreline resilience from storms, and improving the water quality of North Sandy Pond, including possible decrease in harmful algae blooms. This project was awarded $320,000 through the NYS DEC Water Quality Improvement Project Program.

The Town of Williamstown will construct a salt storage facility to store the existing exposed salt pile adjacent to the town highway garage. The new facility will protect the drinking water wells for a nearby municipal building (which houses a daycare facility) and the nearby American Legion building. The facility will prevent salt contamination of nearby surface waters, drinking water wells and groundwater. This project was awarded $214,600 through the NYS DEC Water Quality Improvement Project Program.

The Village of Central Square will complete an engineering report to evaluate disinfection alternatives at their wastewater treatment plant. This project was awarded $18,800 through the NYS DEC Wastewater Infrastructure Engineering Planning Grant.

The Village of Pulaski will assist in the renovation of mixed-use properties in the Village's downtown area. This project was awarded $302,438 through the New York Main Street Program.

The Village of Pulaski will also construct 1,534 feet of sidewalk along US Highway 11 to provide pedestrian access from the village to the high school, day care center, a proposed assisted-living facility, and two apartment buildings. There are currently no sidewalks connecting these areas and walking along the busy roadway is unsafe. The sidewalks will provide an alternative means of travel and result in a decrease of vehicle miles traveled and greenhouse gas emissions. This project was awarded $653,500 through the NYS DEC Climate Smart Communities Program.

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