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Northville eyes waterfront project

December 31, 2012
By JOHN BORGOLINI , The Leader Herald

NORTHVILLE - The village may build a walkway on South Main Street between the Great Sacandaga Lake and Northville Lake and possibly create parks in that area.

The village recently found out it will receive $75,000 from the state for a study to examine the feasibility of the project. The money is part of the state's Regional Economic Development Awards.

According to the state, the village wants to develop two parks on the south basin of Northville Lake, providing waterfront access to the public. The village would construct a handicapped-accessible bridge along the shoreline, linking the two parks and eliminating an existing pedestrian safety hazard on that part of South Main Street, according to the project description provided by the state.

Improvements would include picnic areas, docks, a boat launch and fishing access, the project description says.

Village officials previously said the study may cost $100,000. They will have to look at how they will make up the remaining $25,000 to move forward with the study.

"It's a big help in funding the study," Trustee Debra Ellsworth said. "I don't know what we have set aside for the rest of that. I won't know until we meet again as a board where we stand on filling that gap."

Village officials have said the main focus of the project is to create a walkway across the spillway between the Great Sacandaga and Northville lakes. The village board has been trying to create the walkway since 2009.

Ellsworth said the rest of the items listed in the project description are ideas the board members have discussed, but they aren't as prominent as the walkway.

"[This is] just the study," she said. "I'm sure for feasibility and what we're interested in, it's a wish list to see what it would cost and what the layout would be. It's definitely not a blueprint of what we would end up with. It depends on what we can afford."

Earlier this month, Mayor James Groff explained the overall project would cost the village just under $1 million. He said at the very least, the village officials are trying to get money to expand the bridge to have a walking lane for pedestrians.

The money for this study is part of $738 million in project awards that Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced earlier this month.

John Borgolini covers rural Fulton County news.



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