Region awarded $9M from state

Money will go for variety of projects in Tri-County area

The outside of the Northville 5 and 10 is shown on Aug. 31. (The Leader-Herald/Briana O'Hara)

ALBANY — Fulton, Montgomery and Hamilton counties have been awarded more than $9 million in funds from the state’s Regional Economic Development Council initiative.

The awards represent a large variety of projects, from sewer line work in Gloversville and the renovation of the Northville 5 and 10 renovations to a waterfront park in Fonda and a new hotel in Amsterdam.

Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo announced that more than $755 million in economic and community development funding has been awarded throughout the state via the Round VII of the Regional Economic Development Council initiative.

The Regional Councils were established in 2011 to replace the state’s old approach to economic development, with one that is community-based and performance-driven.

“Over the past seven years, the Regional Economic Development Councils have successfully brought together the most innovative minds in economic development, fostering collaboration between state and local leaders to invest in New York’s regional resources from the ground up,” Cuomo said in a news release. “These awards are critical to building the foundations for New York’s future and ensuring that our economic momentum continues. I congratulate each of the Councils on their awards and look forward to continuing to partner to keep our communities vibrant and thriving for years to come.”

One of the projects awarded was the Northville 5 and 10 project, which got $500,000.

The Northville 5 and 10 project will see another 3,000-square-feet added the store. The plan will expand the clothing, fishing and camping departments upstairs in the store. The project would also see more clothing for young children and women. There will also be supplies for hunting, but there will not be any guns or ammunition.

Owner of the Northville 5 and 10 store, Brian Correll, said the plan also includes the renovation of the building next door, 132 South Main St. In that building, there are plans to put in a restaurant, a bakery and a tea room downstairs. Upstairs there will be two offices, a one-bedroom apartment and storage space.

“It is going to be a great thing for the community and county. We are very much looking forward to getting everything in line here and getting started on renovating the building,” Correll said.

Correll said Wednesday that renovations could potentially start in three months once everything is in place.

Fulton County Center for Regional Growth President and CEO Ron Peters said the maximum the state gives for the anchor projects, like the 5 and 10, is $500,000. Peters said the 5 and 10 was a good project and Correll stepped up to the plate to go forward with the process.

Peters said he is hopeful that the project will spur additional activity in downtown Northville. He said the county is looking to apply for another CFA during the July round for Northville, although this won’t be as large as the 5 and 10 project.

“That is going to open up a whole slew of opportunity for Northville,” Peters said. “It’s going to be a good project and I’m hoping now that we’ll have other businesses wanting to go through these programs to up their game to now.”

Correll said Peters and grant writer Nick Zabawsky did a “fantastic job” of helping the 5 and 10 with the application. He said the village officials were also very helpful and supportive of the plan.

Correll said it is nice to see the state give money to smaller villages to help bring back a way of life. He said the state is recognizing the need for people to be socially active and have places to gather. He said it is additionally a positive that the funds are going toward renovating a historic building.

“It’s not just corporations or big factories that are getting this money. This is the oldest 5 and 10 in the United States and the building next to it was built before that,” Correll said. “Northville doesn’t even have a stop light, and I think it’s pretty nice they’re recognizing us. We just think it’s great.”

A number of infrastructure projects are also a part of this round of funding. New sewer lines to the Vail Mills and Hales Mills development areas were included along with $850,000 in funding to the city of Gloversville for the city’s sanitary sewer system and a trunk sewer investigation.

Peters said the sewer extensions will help spur the development areas. The Hales Mills and Vails Mills development areas will see a combination of housing, business and retail development areas created.

Peters said getting the sewer lines are key to any project, but especially to these two. He said the in place infrastructure is needed to attract businesses and people to go to the areas.

“They were two good projects that will help us out a long way with both of those areas,” Peters said.

Gloversville Mayor Dayton King said the city’s project will be used to both make repairs and prevent future issues.

“We had that $2 million bill earlier this year when the sewer line broke. We are hoping to pay for some of that with this money and also plan ahead to where we can catch some of this stuff before it happens,” King said.

King said he gives a lot of the credit for the awards to city Department of Public Works Director Dale Trumbull, Fourth Ward Councilman Steve Smith and grant writer Zabawsky.

When asked what he attributes Gloversville’s large award to, King said need is a likely reason for Gloversville getting the largest combined amount awarded in Fulton County.

“We’ve forged some good relationships with the governor’s office and I think they recognize that we need it,” King said. “We try to put our best foot forward and do the best we can for the city. We are happy to be awarded these grants.”

In Montgomery County, County Executive Matt Ossenfort said he was happy to see another strong year for his county. Two projects topped $1 million in funding, with the plan to bring a Westin Hotel to the city of Amsterdam, getting $1.2 million in funds.

“Our team did a great job and we put up some good projects,” he said. “We knew the areas the governor wanted to focus on this year.”

Ossenfort said several project for Montgomery County this year were based around the canal. He said the county sensed these would be good projects to go for this year with the 200th anniversary of the Erie Canal.

“We knew these were the types of projects the state was looking to fund so we pushed those types of projects,” he said.

Ossenfort credits Montgomery County’s success to the fact that they approach it with a team effort.

“Our economic development office is the engine that drives our economic development efforts. When I go around to towns and offer them as a resource, they are the ones that then take those ideas and put them to work in the form of a grant application,” Ossenfort said.

He said once the applications are in, the county advocates and lobbies for the projects with state partners and being a part of the Regional Economic Development Council.

“Our success is because it is a true team effort and it is a very aggressive effort,” he said. “If we are going to create jobs and get the economy moving, we are going to need state and federal help to do that. That is clear priority that I try to lay out for everyone and we try to work on it as a team.”

Peters said it will take the state 30 to 45 days to prepare contracts for each funding application that was approved. Each applicant must agree to the terms and conditions.

From there, the projects will vary based on the type of award received. Some will be back-end financing, meaning the applicant will get the funds once the project is complete. Anchor projects, like the 5 and 10, will be able to draw as they go during construction.

“I’m looking forward to getting the projects off the ground,” Peters said.

Kerry Minor can be reached at kminor@leaderherald.com.

How the money was divided:

The following is the list of awards in Fulton, Montgomery and Hamilton counties for projects that were announced as a part of the awards on Wednesday:

Fulton County

∫ City of Gloversville: $750,000 for the city’s sanitary sewer system Improvements and $100,000 for a trunk sewer investigation.

∫ Fulton-Mont Snow Travelers, Inc.: $143,604 for acquisition of trail grooming equipment

∫ Fulton County: $120,000 for the Hales Mills Development Area Sewer and $250,000 for the Vails Mills Development Area Sewer.

∫ Nick Stoner Trailers of Caroga Lake, NY: $106,815 for the acquisition of trail grooming equipment.

∫ Northville Central School District applicant: $9,900 for a shared Wi-Fi Efficiency Project.

∫ St. John’s Episcopal Church: $8,500 for a historic structure report.

∫ Village of Mayfield: $30,000 for a wastewater treatment plant rehabilitation.

∫ Village of Northville applicant: $500,000 for the 5 and 10 at 122-132 S. Main St.

Montgomery County

∫ Amsterdam Industrial Development Agency: $50,000 for the Mohasco redevelopment.

∫ Amsterdam Industrial Development Agency: $70,000 for the Mohawk Fabric new equipment.

∫ City of Amsterdam: $1.2 million for the southside hotel development.

∫ Friends of Fort Plain Incorporated: $345,120 for historic Diefendorf Hall rehabilitation project.

∫ Mohawk Valley Collective, Inc.: $500,000 for the collective to begin restoration of two historic buildings in the Mohawk Valley — Unity Hall in Fort Plain and West Hill School in Canajoharie.

∫ Montgomery County Government: $200,000 for the County Microenterprise Program; $30,000 for the Local Waterfront Revitalization Program and $300,000 for the Montgomery County Courthouse ADA improvements.

∫ Montgomery County Industrial Development Agency: $1 million for the Chalmers Multi-Use Redevelopment Project.

∫ Town of Florida: $337,500 for the salt storage facility.

∫ Vida-Blen LLC applicant: $240,000 for Vida Blend new construction and employment expansion.

∫ Village of Fonda: $30,000 for the Fonda Canalside Park Phase III and $496,750 Fonda Canalside Park Phase III.

Hamilton County

∫ Adirondack Historical Association: $600,000 for Adirondack Art and Design Center

∫ Adirondack Historical Association: $500,000 for Adirondack Historical Association HVAC upgrade for Life in the Adirondacks Building

∫ Hamilton County: $219,375 for Adirondack Hamlets to Huts Implementation

∫ Hamilton County: $12,500 for solid waste and recycling efficiency study

∫ Indian Lake Snowarriors Association Inc.: $83,821 for trail groomer purchase

∫ Town of Indian Lake: $639,000 for construction of firehouse/regional security center

∫ Town of Indian Lake: $90,000 for Townsend Business Center development strategy and waterfront access strategy

Multi-county projects:

∫ Cornell Cooperative Extension of Oneida County applicant. $500,000 for New York State Grown Certified Agricultural Producers Grant Program. Benefits Fulton, Herkimer, Montgomery, Oneida, Otsego and Schoharie counties

∫ Montgomery, Otsego, Schoharie Counties: Schoharie River Center: Schoharie River Center applicant for $35,070. Goes toward Art in Public Places Building Connections with the Earth.

∫ Clinton, Essex, Franklin, Hamilton, Jefferson, Lewis, St. Lawrence: Development Authority of the North County applicant for $500,000. Goes toward the North Country Grown and Certified Agricultural Producers Program

∫ Clinton, Essex, Franklin, Hamilton, Jefferson, Lewis, St. Lawrence: St. Lawrence University/North Country Public Radio applicant for $70,100. Goes toward the NCPR North Country at Work

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