The North County is set to receive over $1 million in state aid as part of the Not-for-Profit Capital Grant Program, with five entities slated to receive funding for a wide range of projects. The …
The North County is set to receive over $1 million in state aid as part of the Not-for-Profit Capital Grant Program, with five entities slated to receive funding for a wide range of projects.
The Village of Massena will receive $38,500 for a water treatment plant study, which will be used to study the feasibility of installing a branched connection off the village's primary raw water intake pipe and a pump station to serve a proposed liquid hydrogen production facility.
Officials say the Preliminary Engineering Report proposes to complete a unit process evaluation and condition assessment of the treatment plant, including "evaluation of the water intake and distribution system storage tank, to identify deficiencies and recommended improvements."
State officials say The Salvation Army in Massena will receive $50,000 for kitchen renovations and a job training program.
As part of the project the Salvation Army- Empire Division will design and construct a new kitchen at the Massena Corps that includes "more space to prepare and serve food to those in need."
The new kitchen will also establish space for a new job training program in partnership with the Massena Central School District, Social Services, Massena Neighborhood Center, restaurants and area churches to train individuals in food service and hospitality industry jobs.
United Helpers will also receive $100,000 as part of the grant program.
Those funds will be used to convert a former single-story, 3,600 square foot garage into a commercial laundry facility, officials say.
That facility will provide laundry services for United Helpers and other medical facilities in the community.
The new facility will include the purchase of two new washers, six new dryers, 10 linen carts and 20 transport carts.
According to officials, the project will also include a loading dock for shipping and receiving, as well as overhead doors to the three bay garage for easy access that will complement the existing structure.
In-Law Brewing Company will also receive $50,000 as part of an expansion project through the grant program.
Officials say the brewery will expand from a 7 BBL to a 30 BBL brewhouse with the fund.
The expansion comes with the transfers of its current operating license to a larger 3,500 square foot facility to facilitate the increased wholesale demand.
According to the state, In-Law Brewing will renovate the new space to create a taproom and will purchase additional machinery and equipment, including brewing transfer pumps, a glycol chiller and commercial keg washer.
OBPA was awarded $954,000 from the North Country Regional Economic Development council adding to previous grants the OBPA has raised about $4 million for the $4.6 million project.
To help run the facility the OBPA is planning to partner with the The Arc Jefferson- St. Lawrence,, a non-profit membership association dedicated to full inclusion and integration for persons with intellectual and other developmental disabilities.
In August OBPA Executive Director Steve Lawrence offered appreciation to Senators Charles Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand as well as Congresswoman Elise Stefanik who helped secure an additional $1 million toward the project. Federal representatives had previously secured about $2 million prior to this announcement.
At that time Lawrence said the project was estimated at about $4.6 million and was hopeful work could begin as early as 2025 should funding be secured.
The newest grant puts the OBPA in striking distance of the project.