Publish Date: 12/18/2017
RELEASE: Montgomery County Receives $4.8 Million In Economic Development Grants
Mohawk Valley Region Tabbed As Top Performer At State’s Economic Development Council Awards
FONDA — Montgomery County and the Mohawk Valley received a Top Performer designation at the Regional Economic Development Council awards, in Albany, on Wednesday Dec. 13. The region was awarded $85.5 million, being one of five Top Performers, along with Central New York, Capital Region, Mid-Hudson and Long Island. Montgomery County received $4.8 million in grant awards supporting 13 projects.
“This is terrific news,” Montgomery County Executive Matthew L. Ossenfort said. “The hard work from our Economic Development office continues to yield results. That office has worked with the Regional Council and the rest of the counties in the Mohawk Valley to craft a vision forward and based on this outcome, it’s one that the state clearly recognizes as achievable.”
The $4.8 million accounts for nearly 12 percent of the $41.5 million that the Mohawk Valley region received in grant awards. Once again, the county outperformed, when compared to its population in the Mohawk Valley, which is about 10 percent.
“We are happy that all of these projects received funding,” Montgomery County Business Development Center Director Kenneth F. Rose said. “This announcement marks another good year for the county and we hope to continue developing stronger plans for the future and keep the local economy moving forward.”
The two biggest grant awards that the county received were for continued development in the City of Amsterdam. In total, $2.2 million will be used for development of the former Chalmers Site and a working towards a hotel on the city’s south side.
Project Funded, Amount — Description
- Southside Hotel Development, $1,200,000 (ESD) — The City of Amsterdam will construct a new three story - 64 rooms Microtel by Wyndham Hotel. The Hotel would be located near the Florida Business Park offering upscale business friendly rooms. (AIDA).
- Chalmers Multi Use Redevelopment Project, $1,000,000 (ESD) — The former Chalmers Knitting Mill site will be revitalized as a mixed use building which will include commercial space, a riverfront banquet facility, a culinary incubator, and apartments.(MCIDA).
- Montgomery County Courthouse ADA Improvements, $300,000 (NYSHCR) — Funds will be used to rehabilitate the Old Montgomery County Courthouse through ADA compliance initiatives.
- Montgomery County Microenterprise Program, $200,000 (NYSHCR) — Funds will be used to assist in the establishment of a Microenterprise Program.
- Fonda Canalside Park Phase III: Boat Dock and Park Improvements, $496,750 (NYSDOS LWRP) — The Village of Fonda will design and construct park improvements at Canalside Park including a boat docking system and pump out station, a parking area for boat trailers and campers, a bathroom facility, a shelter/entertainment pavilion, a Veteran’s memorial and park furnishings such as benches, charcoal grills, and bike racks. The project will enhance public access to Mohawk River/Erie Canal and water-dependent recreational activities.
- Fonda Canalside Park Phase III, $30,000 (Canal Corp) — The Park has an overall master plan that will create a one of a kind park and community space along the Mohawk River. Phase III grant funding is being requested for the development of a boat docking system, a large parking area for campers, a bathroom facility, a shelter/entertainment pavilion, a Veteran’s memorial, furnishings such as benches, charcoal grills, and bike racks, and a boat pump out station.
- Mohawk Valley Collective Downtown Anchor Revitalization, $500,000 (OPRHP) — The Mohawk Valley Collective, Inc. will begin restoration of two historic buildings in the Mohawk Valley - Unity Hall in Fort Plain and West Hill School in Canajoharie. Restoration work on Unity Hall will address water infiltration and drainage issues and repairs to interior surfaces damaged by the infiltration. Restoration work at the West Hill School will include roof replacement and chimney stabilization and repair. (Mohawk Valley Collective, Inc.)
- Salt Storage Facility, $337,500 (NYSDEC) — The Town of Florida will construct a salt shed at the Town's Highway Department site. The salt pile at this site is currently uncovered and within 200' of the Town well. The project will move the salt pile onto a concrete pad with a concrete wall and wood truss roof. The new shed will prevent runoff and contamination of the nearby well.
- Historic Diefendorf Hall Rehabilitation Project, $345,120 (OPRHP) — The project will create a Cultural Heritage Center that will include an authentic, original Erie Canal Store facade, once located at Old Erie Canal Lock 32. Rehabilitation of the interior will include floors, wall framing, ceiling repairs, truss repairs, column replacement, roof and back wall repairs.
- Vida Blend New Construction and Employment Expansion, $240,000 (ESD) — We will build a custom made 14,000 square foot building to continue our premix operations, the location will be in the new industrial zone located Amsterdam NY right on route 5S in the Florida Industrial Park.
- Mohawk Fabric New Equipment, $70,000 (ESD) — Mohawk Fabric Company, Inc. plans to purchase equipment to increase their manufacturing capacity at the 96 Guy Park Avenue, Amsterdam manufacturing facility. (AIDA)
Mohasco Redevelopment, $50,000 (ESD) - The Amsterdam IDA has started site planning and designs for a new business park located at the corner of Lyons and Forest Avenue in the City. The Phase 1 project includes finishing design work, acquiring additional property and beginning installation of water and sewer at the site. (AIDA)
Western Montgomery County Local Waterfront Revitalization Plan, $30,000 (NYSDOS LWRP) - Montgomery County will prepare the Western Montgomery County Local Waterfront Revitalization Program (LWRP) for the Erie Canal/Mohawk River waterfront in the Village and Town of St. Johnsville, Village of Fort Plain and Town of Minden. The LWRP will identify municipal revitalization goals, policies, projects, and tools to capitalize on development opportunities, increase resilience to future physical climate risks and enhance existing waterfront resources.