County receives $300,000 grant for Beech-Nut redevelopment

Funds awarded by National Grid

FONDA — Montgomery County announced Wednesday that National Grid has awarded a grant for the ongoing work at the former Beech-Nut site in Canajoharie.

National Grid awarded $300,000 to the Industrial Development Agency in Montgomery County. The IDA applied for the grant from National Grid’s Brownfield Redevelopment Program and will use it for demolition and remediation of buildings on the eastern side of the former Beech-Nut factory.

County executive Matthew Ossenfort said he feels the funds will push the project at the site forward.

“I want to sincerely thank National Grid for their support,” Ossenfort said. “…This is a transformational opportunity for the village, county and region. We have a plan that we are continuing to follow and this grant money from National Grid will help keep our plans moving forward.”

National Grid’s Brownfield Redevelopment program looks to provide grants to fund utility related infrastructure improvement projects and other costs necessary to progress the redevelopment of a brownfield site.

“I want to thank National Grid for continuing to partner with the county and the IDA on these important projects,” said Ken Rose, county IDA director. “When it comes to the county’s economic development efforts, the redevelopment of this site in Canajoharie continues to be a top priority.”

The focus of the county is to return the site to a shovel ready status. At the Regional Economic Development Council awards in December, the county received a $85,000 through the Local Waterfront Revitalization Program. On Jan. 26, the county was awarded $500,000 from the Restore New York Communities Initiative grant. Both funds will also aid in demolition of the eastern portion of the site.

“This grant award is great news for the county and for Canajoharie,” said Legislator Roy S. Dimond, chairman of the Montgomery County Legislature. “The County Executive’s project team has been following a strong plan and I believe if we continue down this path, we will have a positive result.”

The former Beech-Nut announced it would close the factory in 2009 and efforts to demolish and clean up the site had occurred since.

Opal Jessica Bogdan can be reached at obogdan@leaderherald.com.

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