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Wednesday, September 2, 2009

Working to restore New York

Northcounty legislators Darrel Aubertine and Addie Russell looked on proudly as the following Restore NY projects were announced by representatives of Governor Paterson today in downtown Watertown. They mean jobs, historic restoration and economic growth.

City of Watertown – Woolworth Hotel

Grant Total: $2,500,000

The historic Woolworth Building sits at the top of Public Square in downtown Watertown. The building will be rehabilitated to create a boutique hotel with 100 guest rooms on the 2nd through 6th floors, meeting rooms, restaurant and retail spaces on the ground floor and a new pool and fitness center in the basement and includes 72,850 square feet. This building, located in the center of downtown, has been abandoned for several years and is located in an Empire Zone. A multi-story parking garage will be built opposite the hotel on vacant property where deteriorated structures were recently demolished by the city.

Village of Malone – Flanagan Hotel

Grant Total: $2,164,751
The project includes the rehabilitation of the currently vacant Flanagan Hotel building located on Main Street in Downtown Malone into a 101 room hotel with street level commercial space. The building is located in an Empire Zone, is six stories tall and totals 93,100 square feet of space. The hotel first opened in 1914 in Downtown Malone, and since that time has served as an icon for the community. The Hotel suffered a fire in 1997 and has been vacant since that time. The community has identified downtown revitalization as a priority economic development strategy and the hotel’s high visibility and connection to local history make it a key component to the success of downtown.

Heuvelton – Pickens Hall Phase IV

Grant Total: $490,000
This project includes funding for the restoration of the third floor of Pickens Hall, the Opera House Auditorium, which will provide performance space and rooms for the Heuvelton Historical Association’s museum. This will complete the restoration of this historic jewel which serves as an anchor to the Heuvelton community.

City of Plattsburgh – Imperial Industrial Park—New Homes For Business

Grant Total: $2,500,000
The Imperial Park, site of the former Imperial Wallcoverings factory, which in the 1990’s employed about 600 workers, is located on 46 acres in the City of Plattsburgh’s Empire Zone. There is approximately 550,000 square feet of floor space under 10 acres of roof. The facility’s current tenant occupancy is 35.2 percent. The Restore NY Grant will be used to rehabilitate the existing site, including replacing and insulating an approximately 200,000 square foot roof; restoring two rail spurs to the facility, constructing demising walls and installing energy efficient lighting to create smaller, more efficient manufacturing and warehouse spaces for new tenants. There has been communication with several possible tenants, including vendors for Bombardier and Nova Bus, which are very interested in locating to the facility if their facility needs can be met. This will potentially add hundreds of new jobs to the Plattsburgh area. This project is “Shovel Ready.”

Keeseville – Ausable Horse Nail Co. Complex

Grant Total: $630,000
This project will revitalize the vacant but historic former Ausable Horse Nail Company complex along the Ausable River through an initiative by Adirondack Architectural heritage (AARCH), the private nonprofit historic preservation organization for the Adirondack region. The project will result in the creation of an architectural heritage center, rental office and apartment spaces, as well as four studio/living spaces for working artists. The revitalization of the mill has been a high priority community revitalization project in the village for the past decade.

Village of Carthage – Medical Office Complex

Grant Total: $579,136
This project includes construction on vacant land in the center of downtown Carthage, a 6,400 square foot two-story brick facade commercial medical office building for lease to Pediatrics and Family Primary Care Practices. The project will be constructed on, and adjacent to, the Carthage fire site (site of a five building fire in 2001). Two dilapidated buildings were demolished in February 2009 adjacent to the fire site to make room for this project. The project will result in the creation of 12 high paying jobs. The facility will generate more than 8,000 patient visits per year to downtown, which is critical to the sustainability of downtown businesses. The Carthage Area Hospital will be able to address expanded healthcare needs of the region associated with Fort Drum so that the area may remain economically competitive. This project will continue efforts recommended in the 2001 Carthage/West Carthage Downtown Revitalization Plan

Village of Cape Vincent – Roxy Hotel

Grant Total: $1,532,286
The Roxy Hotel (Roxy’s), built in 1894, is literally the cornerstone of the business district in the Village of Cape Vincent. Listed on the New York State Historic Register, Roxy’s is a three-story brick building located at the corners of Broadway (Main) and Market streets. The rear top two floors of the 15,000 square foot building overlook the beautiful St. Lawrence River, but are in the process of being condemned. The building is part of the downtown revitalization plan which was developed with the assistance of a 2006 New York State Strategic Planning Technical Assistance Grant and has been included for facade renovation in the New York State Main Street Grant which the Cape Vincent Improvement League and Cape Vincent LDC received in 2007. The rehabilitated building will be a mixed-use facility with the majority of space dedicated to commercial use. An attached motel unit will be demolished and replaced with 4-6 apartments.

Village of Harrisville – Riverside Neighborhood

Grant Total: $276,475
Dooley’s Drug Store on Main Street is located in the center of the downtown commercial district of Harrisville and is in the Lewis County Empire Zone and the Housing and Urban Development (HUD) Riverside Targeted Area. The vacant drug store was condemned by Lewis County Code Enforcement on February 20, 2009 (7,460 square feet) and will be restored to contain commercial space on the ground floor and two apartments on the second floor.

Village of Sackets – Historic Madison Barracks

Grant Total: $735,000
The subject of the Village of Sackets Harbor’s Restore NY grant application is the Historic Madison Barracks Rehabilitation Project. This project proposes to restore an architecturally and historically significant abandoned, dilapidated vacant building that is not currently on the tax roles. The former administration building is listed on the National Register of Historic places and is located in the
community’s locally targeted Madison Barracks Historic Planned Development District. The site will be rehabilitated into a hotel. The project will require new infrastructure which should stimulate further development in the area.

Village of Clayton – Riverwalk District Revitalization

Grant Total: $1,203,354
Building 1, located at 419 Riverside Drive, has been cleared and is now ready for development. Planned is a three story mixed used building including retail, office and living space. Building 2, located at 690 Riverside Drive, is an underused building that with renovations would result in office space and expanded marine repair facility. Both sites reach from the main street to the St. Lawrence River. Both sites are in the Riverwalk District and will encompass the intended Riverwalk and comply with the community’s Comprehensive Plan, as well as its Local Waterfront Revitalization Plan. Both plans will result in job creation. Building 1 at 419 Riverside Dr. is the preferred project, should a reduction in the grant be necessary.