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2016-17 Smart Growth Implementation Grants

The following projects have been awarded funding, as announced on August 14, 2017.

Adirondack Grants
Recipient and Partners Project Name and Description Awarded
St. Lawrence County, with the towns of Clifton and Fine Demolition/Abatement of former Jones & Laughlin (J&L) Steel Support Phase 2 of the abatement of hazardous materials and demolition of dilapidated structures at the former J&L Steel site in the Town of Clifton, to mitigate or eliminate the blighting influence imposed by the structures of this mill site, closed since 1977, and allow productive use of industrial zoned land. $75,000.00
Town of Moriah Building Moriah's New Waterfront Destination
Begin implementation of a vision for two Town-owned properties on Lake Champlain waterfront in the hamlet of Port Henry. The proposed project has been developed through phases, surveys and meetings involving the recently formed Moriah Economic Development Taskforce. A public process will result in selection of a lodging developer for one property and dedication of the other property as public parkland.
Town of Crown Point War Canoe Spirits Distillery Water Service Upgrades
Upgrade the public water supply in support of restoration of a historic barn in the hamlet of Crown Point which will become a flagship retail store, tasting room, and reception room for public functions. The upgraded water supply will allow for fire safety and will be sufficient for the process of distilling liquors for sale and distribution.
Warren County, with nine local communities Promoting the First Wilderness
Implement priority goals of the First Wilderness Heritage Corridor Marketing and Promotion Plan, specifically: create graphic displays for public spaces such as Albany International Airport, Rensselaer Train Station, and the Glens Falls Civic Center; design and produce promotional items and print material; and develop a geocache trail through the Corridor communities.
Fort Ticonderoga Association, with the Town of Ticonderoga Fort Ticonderoga Deck Repair
Repair stone deck on the east and northeast sections of the historic fort, preventing water infiltration into the original 18th-century French bake ovens and the education center, which provides year-round education and hospitality functions for over 75,000 visitors each year.
BluSeed Studios, Inc. in Saranac Lake A New View of BluSeed Studios: Building and Site Improvements Along a Village Travel Corridor
Restore building exterior, improving appearance and functionality to capitalize on potential rail trail connection and continue BluSeed Studio's role as a prospering center for the arts and culture in the region.
Adirondack Folk School, Inc. in Lake Luzerne Discover the Adirondack Folk School in Lake Luzerne, NY!
Produce professional videos, promoting classes unique to the Adirondack Folk School along with the surrounding natural beauty of Lake Luzerne.
Sagamore Institute of the Adirondacks in Raquette Lake Great Camp Sagamore Visitor Interpretation and Education Project
Expand educational opportunities that will engage regional tourists in guided hikes, historical and environmental programs and other activities that visitors to the Adirondacks are looking for. Expand access and tourism services at this National Historic Landmark by creating new programs and recreational opportunities including hiking, mountain biking and paddle sports in a beautiful setting.
Hamilton County, with ROOST and Wildlife Conservation Society Adirondack Cycling Strategy, Phase One, The Great South Woods
Create a bicycle tourism program including a regional marketing strategy to promote existing assets to travelers. Objectives are: a) enhance cycling related infrastructure to support bicycle tourism; b) create bicycling-friendly destination communities; and c) develop a collaborative partnership to grow the bicycle tourism economy.
Lake George Land Conservancy Pilot Knob Trail Reconstruction
Reconstruct and reroute the current trail system that is in place at the popular Lynn Schumann Preserve in an effort to protect environmental resources, decrease erosion, improve safety & walk-ability and support an increased amount of tourists using the trail to hike, explore and seek scenic views of Lake George.
Town of Caroga Wheelerville Trails
Develop a feasibility study and conceptual plan for a high quality multi-use, non-motorized trail system that includes evaluation of recreation opportunities for mountain biking, hiking and nature observation on Town-owned property between State Highway 29/10 and Irving Pond.
Town of Willsboro Development for Florence Hathaway Recreation Park
Complete engineering design, environmental review, permitting and construction of facilities suitable for all ages, including a baseball/softball field, tennis courts, playground, soccer field and trail system.
Town of Johnsburg Ski Bowl Park Improvements
Further improve the Ski Bowl Park, a municipal park and tourist attraction adjacent to the hamlet of North Creek, which is used by Gore Mountain for alpine and Nordic skiing in winter. Enhance the park experience for both residents and tourists during other seasons by a.) expanding the sandy public beach area and b.) extending an existing non-motorized, multi-use trail by 2.2 km to reach the summit of Little Gore Mt.
Village of Saranac Lake Saranac Lake Southern Gateway Multi-Use Trail
Design and construct a 900' multi-use trail between the proposed Adirondack Rail Trail and Lake Flower Avenue. The "Southern Gateway Trail" will connect the commercial district and residential neighborhoods along Lake Flower Avenue in the Village to the planned rail trail.
Town of Tupper Lake Tupper Lake Rail & Rail-Trail Readiness Program
Develop a Readiness Action Plan for the planned Adirondack Rail-Trail & returned rail service coming to the region, develop a feasibility study & design concept for the Tupper Lake Train Depot, shore up the Tupper Lake Depot parking area, implement the first phase of the Rail and Rail-Trail Readiness Action Plan by becoming more "bike friendly," and work with other communities along the Adirondack Rail-Trail Corridor to provide a consistent user experience.
Town of Indian Lake Essex Chain Lakes and Cedar River Flow Hamlet Gateway Facilities
Develop facilities along NYS Route 28 at the entrances to two extensive natural areas; the Essex Chain Lakes and the Cedar River Flow. Project features include wayfinding and interpretive signage, pedestrian access, gateway design elements (e.g., welcome/entryway signage, landscaping, lighting, etc.). This project is intended to foster Hamlet revitalization and access to nature, bolstering tourism and providing related infrastructure.
Village of Northville Village of Northville Zoning Update
With a Draft Comprehensive Plan in the final stages of adoption, the Village of Northville will move forward to update their existing 1995 Zoning Ordinance. The zoning update will implement priorities identified within the pending Comprehensive Plan update.
Otter Lake Fire Company Inc. in Forestport Otter Lake Fire Co. Feasibility Study for Senior Citizen Apartments
Plan for conversion of the former Otter Lake Fire Station, located at 14015 St Rt 28, in the Hamlet of Otter Lake into Senior Citizen apartments. Funding would cover the professional services for design and engineering for this plan, as well as logistical aspects associated with the long term management of such a facility.
Catskill Grants
Recipient and Partners Project Name and Description Awarded
Mountain Top Arboretum, in Tannersville Mountain Top Arboretum Education Center Building Project
Complete new education center building in order to offer more educational and cultural programs to the public year-round.
Shandaken Theatrical Society, Inc., in Phoenicia Shandaken Theatrical Society - Fostering Community Through Theater
Renovate century-old theater to increase its appeal and relevance to the community. Work includes: exterior renovation, outdoor lighting, marquee and signage, and landscaping including a patio with tables, chairs and fencing. Revitalizing this century-old building will help to beautify a prominent landmark, engender community involvement and create a space for community members and theater patrons to gather.
Town of Hunter, with the Village of Tannersville Town of Hunter Trails Initiative
Develop a townwide trails plan including conceptual design, branding strategy and promotional materials as well as construction specifications and cost estimates for the Kaaterskill Rail Trail, Phase Three.
Town of Ashland Ashland Town Park
Purchase and install a 60' octagonal pavilion, which will become a center point of the park allowing for community gatherings and enhanced park use, positively impacting the hamlet of Ashland.
Town of Shandaken, with nine neighboring local governments Catskill Park Scenic Byways Implementation Project
Increase coordination between the 9 local governments comprising the two designated scenic byways in the Catskill Park; implement key components of byway plans and regional and state plans; extend the Mountain Cloves Scenic Byway; make a second connection with the Catskill Mountains Scenic Byway; work with NYSDOT to implement longstanding Park-wide transportation recommendations; and produce promotional materials, audio tours and website enhancements.
Town of Rockland Town of Rockland Comprehensive Plan
Develop a townwide comprehensive plan, which includes a vision, goals, objectives, and a detailed implementation plan that reflect the current topics, opportunities and challenges in the town and the greater region. The plan will provide detailed analyses of population, economic, and natural resources data, as well as a series of maps to illustrate existing conditions and patterns of change. The plan will also isolate three or four major themes to help focus on and advance priority actions.

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