Amsterdam receives state funds for projects

AMSTERDAM — The city will continue to move forward with its redevelopment and revitalization projects with $194,400 in state funding.

Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced the state has provided $2 million in Brownfield Opportunity Areas Program grants for 13 municipalities in the state. This includes the city of Amsterdam, which received $97,200 for the East End neighborhood and $97,200 to the Northern neighborhood totaling in $194,400.

Amsterdam will complete a BOA for a 129-acre area with nine potential re-development sites in the East End neighborhood and a 309-acre area with 35 potential sites in the Northern neighborhood. The $194,400 funding for both locations is to address environmental and physical challenges as well as social and economic impact.

“This funding will help transform blighted and polluted properties into economic engines in communities across New York,” Cuomo said in the press release. “We will continue to work with our local partners to revitalize neighborhoods, create opportunity and build a stronger Empire State for all.”

According to the press release, the primary objectives include development of a plan to address the environmental, physical, social and economic problems facing both neighborhoods; environmental clean up and productive reuse of old industrial sites; demolition of unsafe structures and reuse of those sites; implementation of programs to revitalize residential and commercial areas; and identifying additional redevelopment strategies.

According to the release, the BOA provides resources to develop data-driven revitalization strategies for economically distressed areas. These plans help to transform blighted properties in urban areas into community properties where known or perceived contamination has impeded redevelopment, turning the properties into economic and environmental drains on localities. The BOA program grants have driven revitalization throughout the state, turning dormant sites into vibrant and productive properties that attract jobs and private investment, ultimately expanding the local tax base.

Other municipalities receiving grant funding through the BOA are: the village of Gowanda, village of Holley, city of Utica, town of Canton, North Warehouse District of Albany, South Waterfront District of Albany, Hudson Falls, Queensbury, city of Rensselaer , Family Services of New York and Southwest Brooklyn.