Sen. Little announces second round of economic development awards

Posted at: 12/19/2012 4:45 PM
Updated at: 12/19/2012 4:46 PM
By: Anna Didio

Senator Betty Little Wednesday announced over 50 projects in the 45th Senate District have been awarded state funds through the second round of Regional Economic Development Council awards.

“Strengthening our economy is a top priority I share with Governor Andrew Cuomo,” said Senator Betty Little.  “The regional economic development councils are ensuring that the state’s economic development funding priorities are locally determined.  The best ideas to grow the economy come from the people, businesses, academic institutions, elected officials, non-profit organizations and others on the local level who see and know firsthand what works and where to invest these financial resources.  It was great to be in Albany this morning to see the plans presented and awards announced knowing the hard work that has gone into each one.”

Some job creation projects in the 45th Senate District that will receive funding from the program include:

Davidson Brothers Inc.: $50,000
Brewery Expansion Project --        Davidson Brothers, Inc., will expand by replacing current production from a brewery in Maine with the  construction of a 50-barrel brewing system in Glens Falls.

Village of Fort Edward: $243,493
Canal Street Farmers Marketplace Project -- The Village of Fort Edward will redevelop an historic Canal building for use as a permanent location of a regional farmers’ market.  The Old Champlain Canal Barn, which was built in the 1880's and has been used by the Department of Public Works for storage over the last 50 years,  will be redeveloped as Canal Street Farmers Marketplace, which will include retail space for agricultural goods produced in Washington, Warren and Saratoga counties.

City of Glens Falls: $30,000
City of Glens Falls Wastewater Engineering Study -- The City of Glens Falls will prepare an engineering report focused on evaluating correcting major sewer deficiencies, including reconstruction of sanitary and storm sewers on Platt Street.

Village of Fort Edward: $600,000
Depot District Redevelopment Program -- The Village of Fort Edward will replace 2,025 linear feet of dilapidated water lines in the Depot District of the Village.

Sagamore Institute of the Adirondacks Great Camp Sagamore Restorations: $238,650
The Sagamore Institute of the Adirondacks will rehabilitate Great Camp Sagamore, an architectural masterpiece dating from 1897 and located in Raquette Lake.  Several of its 27 National Historic Landmark designated buildings will be improved by replacing or repairing roofs, restoring bark exterior sheathing, repairing chimney masonry and conserving rustic detail. This project will preserve Sagamore's historic buildings, a tourism destination and a vital business partner in the local economy.

Town of Lake George Green Gateway Improvements: $544,500
The Town of Lake George Gateway Improvement Project will use GIGP funding to combine Complete Streets design with green infrastructure practices such as porous pavement, bioretention, and stormwater street trees to improve water quality, pedestrian safety, and walkability, a gateway to the Lake George Region.

Glens Falls Industrial Development Agency Hudson Avenue Parking Structure to Support Downtown Revitalization: $500,000
The Glens Falls Industrial Development Agency will assist in the construction of a 400-500 car parking garage that will complement a proposed $24 million mixed use development in the city center.

Village of Hudson Falls Neighborhood Water Service Line Replacement Program: $570,000
The Village of Hudson Falls will replace 2,520 linear feet of severely deteriorated and undersized waterlines,  including lateral connection replacement for up to six low-and moderate income households.

Warren County Implementation of the First Wilderness Heritage Corridor Action Plan: $308,000
Warren County, in partnership with the communities along the Upper Hudson River and Delaware & Hudson rail line in Saratoga and Warren counties, will advance recommendations of the First Wilderness Heritage Corridor Action Plan.  Project components include: design of a new train station in the Village of Corinth; restoration of the historic bandstand in the Town of Warrensburg; and design of a new waterfront park on a 3.5 acre former Brownfield site in the Town of Warrensburg.    

City of Glens Falls Implementing  the Pruyn's Island Redevelopment and Connection Plan: $154,500
To implement the draft Pruyn's Island Master Plan, the City of Glens Falls will prepare preliminary designs for a waterfront promenade; identify improvements to manage stormwater runoff; evaluate redevelopment opportunities and enhancements for the Feeder Canal; identify funding opportunities for the relocation and redevelopment of the Finch Paper wood yard facility; prepare new zoning design guidelines; and design and construct gateway enhancements along Murray Street.      

Village of Lake George Improvements at Charles R Wood (Lake George Environmental) Park: $750,000
The Village of Lake George, with project partners, will construct elements of the Charles R. Wood Park (Lake George Environmental Park) including: a children’s adventure play area; skateboard park; interpretive elements; primary park entrance; signage; and sidewalks connecting to the Beach Road and the Warren County Bike Path.

BOCES Clinton Essex Warren & Washington Counties: $100,000
Manufacturing Technician Training        BOCES Clinton Essex Warren & Washington Counties will train 25 unemployed workers for Assembling Industry Manufacturing and Education (AIME) and Manufacturing Skill Standards Council (MSCS) Certified Production Technician Certification.        

The Hyde Collection, Modern Nature Georgia O'Keeffe Lake George Exhibition Catalogue and Program Season: $137,201
The Hyde Collection will present and promote the exhibit 'Modern Nature: Georgia O’Keeffe and Lake George'; an associated catalog; and a regional program season. This is the first exhibition ever to explore the significant body of artistic work created by O’Keeffe at Lake George.

Town of Lake George Preparation of a Community Revitalization Strategy for the Town of Lake George: $37,500
The Town of Lake George will prepare a Community and Waterfront Revitalization Strategy to address land use, economic development, water quality, preservation, and sustainability issues. The project will ensure the Town of Lake George updates its land use program to protect water quality and aesthetics to ensure high quality of life for residents, a sustainable community to operate business, and an attractive destination for tourists and visitors.        

Village of Lake George Reconstruction of Public Docks: $170,166
The Village of Lake George will reconstruct public docks along Beach Road destroyed during Hurricane Irene in September 2011. The construction will include a permanent pile dock system, which is a more robust structure requiring much less maintenance.

Warren County Warrensburg Health Center: $400,000
Warren County, in conjunction with the Hudson Headwaters Health Network (HHHN), will supplement $7.1 million of grant and HHHN funds for construction of a new regional health care facility in the Warren County Hamlet of Warrensburg.          

Warren Washington ARC WWARC Expansion:  $125,000
Warren and Washington Counties ARC will expand operations by constructing a community kitchen & cafeteria at their Queensbury Headquarters to be used as training site and for storage and distribution of agribusiness products from businesses in Washington, Warren, and Saratoga counties.