State gives $4.3 million for 17 St. Lawrence County projects
Thursday, December 19, 2019 - 5:21 pm

CANTON - Seventeen projects in St. Lawrence County will receive more than $4.3 million in state funding from Empire State Development, said a press release from the governor’s office.

The biggest allotment among them is $1,322,000 for SUNY Canton’s proposed Midtown Plaza Redevelopment into a mixed-use property. The existing buildings will be demolished and replaced by a three-story structure. The first floor will include an entrepreneurship center and commercial space, while the second and third floors will house residential units.

The St. Lawrence County awards, totaling $4,326,691, were part of $761 million in economic and community development funding awarded statewide through the ninth annual round of the Regional Economic Development Council initiative, the governor’s office said.

Of the $761 million, the North Country as a whole received $67.9 to support 83 different projects over several counties.

Other awards for St. Lawrence County include:

• City of Ogdensburg’s BOA Pre-Development Project -- The City of Ogdensburg will develop and implement marketing strategies for catalytic brownfield sites along the waterfront to attract a developer or a master developer to advance redevelopment within the Ogdensburg Downtown Waterfront Core BOA. $178,200

• GoCo Ventures, LLC Creamery Capital 2019 -- GoCo Ventures will acquire and renovate a blighted commercial property in the heart of downtown Massena into a mixed-used building. The building will be home to a local creamery complete with a retail front, capacity for light manufacturing, and residential units. $97,000

• Orchestra Association of Northern New York’s workforce expansion -- The Orchestra of Northern New York will expand its part-time executive director position to full-time, allowing for increased fundraising, expanded marketing, and administration of new educational outreach programs. (Funding for Year 1 of 2). $18,750

• St Lawrence County Chamber of Commerce’s Bassmaster & Family Fishing Events Series -- St. Lawrence County Chamber of Commerce Inc. will design a full schedule of fishing events to increase tourism visitation and visitor spending in the direct area and the region overall. The plan will revitalize communities through increased sport fishing destination development. Event related earned media and paid opportunities can lead to substantial market recognition of St. Lawrence County and New York State for fishing. $297,452

• St Lawrence County IDA LDC’s Arconic Business Park Planning Study -- The St. Lawrence County IDA will hire a consultant to conduct a planning and feasibility study of the industrially zoned property owned by Arconic Inc. in the Town of Massena, to determine potential for business and economic development mixed uses. This study will explore leveraging the gateway to Canada through Massena’s border crossing, attracting entrepreneurs and small business to the site via its supporting infrastructure, attracting value-add agricultural production and processing, fostering clean energy via solar development on 250 acres of remediated land, and promoting manufacturing through availability of an industrial zoned site with process water and low cost power. $90,000

• St. Lawrence County Highway Department Salt Storage -- St. Lawrence County will construct a salt storage facility at the "Russell Outpost" to protect its currently exposed salt storage pile. This structure will help prevent salt from entering nearby surface waters and a private drinking water well. $400,000

• Town of Canton Miner Street Trail Connector and Willow Island Park Enhancements -- The Town and Village of Canton will implement the Canton Grasse River Waterfront Revitalization Plan and the Canton Trails Plan, funded through previous EPF LWRP awards, by enhancing Willow Island Park along the Grasse River. Enhancements will include a bandshell, a playground, composting toilets, and landscaping. The project will also widen Miner Street Road to make it safer for bicyclists and pedestrians and improve the connection to waterfront recreational resources in Taylor Park. $529,739

• Town of Clifton Newton Falls Wastewater Treatment Plant Disinfection Study -- The Town of Clifton will complete an engineering report that evaluates disinfection alternatives for its wastewater treatment plant. $20,000

• Town of DeKalb Wastewater Treatment Plant Disinfection Study -- The Town of DeKalb will complete an engineering report that evaluates disinfection alternatives and other improvements at its wastewater treatment plant. $22,500

• Town of Hermon Wastewater Treatment Plant Disinfection Study -- The Town of Hermon will complete an engineering report to evaluate disinfection alternatives for its wastewater treatment plant and recommend actions to reduce excess flow in the collection system. $24,000

• Town of Massena Microenterprise Fund -- Funds will be used to establish the Town of Massena Microenterprise Program. $200,000

• Traditional Arts in Upstate New York Workforce Expansion -- Traditional Arts in Upstate New York will expand a part-time marketing position to a full-time communications director to expand its capacity to market the organization's schedule of programs and exhibits. (Funding for Year 1 of 2). $18,750

• Village of Canton Culvert Upgrades -- The Village of Canton will upgrade portions of its stormwater system by replacing culverts at Pleasant and Crescent streets. Inadequate drainage at these locations is flooding the roadway and causing icing in the winter months. $43,300

• Village of Gouverneur Dorwin Street Upgrades -- Funds will be used to construct new sanitary and storm sewers in order to separate combined infrastructure on Depot, Beckwith, and South Gordon Streets including new lateral piping. $750,000

• Village of Massena’s The START Center Feasibility Study -- The Village of Massena will hire a consultant to perform a study to determine the feasibility of opening the START (Skilled Trades Apprenticeship Readiness Training) Center at the former Massena School of Business in downtown Massena. This study includes a building assessment, environmental studies, and further research regarding start up costs for the program. $15,000

• Village of Massena Accessibility Improvements -- Funds will be used to repair elevators located in Laurel Terrace, a high-rise style apartment building for low-income seniors and disabled residents. $300,000