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2007 Adirondack Park Community Smart Growth Grant Program

Tupper Lake residents participate in a community workshop
Tupper Lake residents attend a community workshop

In October 2007, New York State announced the availability of $1 million from the Environmental Protection Fund (EPF) for smart growth planning. The funds were made available to Adirondack Park communities for planning projects within the following grant categories:

Village, Hamlet and Town Center Revitalization
Sustainable Economic Development
Cultural, Environmental and Natural Adirondack Resources

The Department received over 50 applications from around the Park, requesting a total of more than $3 million. Applications were evaluated through a pre-established competitive review process. The following projects were awarded funding, as announced at Adirondack Local Government Day in Lake Placid, NY, in March 2008.

Parkwide Project Awards
Awardee Amount
Project Description Partner(s)
Town of Saranac $106,971 The Wireless Clearinghouse - identification of existing structures or locations with the potential to accommodate cell phone and wireless communications facilities
  • Technical Assistance Center at SUNY Plattsburgh
  • Adirondack North
    Country Association
County of Essex $120,000 Hamlets of the Adirondacks - a planning guide for hamlet expansion and infill development
  • Adirondack Community Housing Trust
Regional Project Awards
Awardee Amount
Project Description Partner(s)
Town of Tupper Lake $100,000 Joint Planning to Implement Tupper Lake Community Development Priorities advancement of priority projects and development of a visual identity through community design
  • Village of Tupper Lake
County of Essex $100,000 Essex County Destination Master Plan - a plan to transform tourism into a sustainable year-round economy
  • Town of Moriah
  • Town of North Elba
  • Town of Schroon
  • Town of Ticonderoga
  • Town of Wilmington
County of Lewis $34,310 Lewis County, Countywide Comprehensive Plan - integration of Adirondack communities into the countywide planning process
  • Town of Diana
  • Town of Croghan
  • Town of Watson
  • Town of Greig
  • Town of Lyonsdale
Town of Fine $98,250 Building Community Capacity to Sustain the Economic and Community Revitalization Efforts in the Towns of Clifton and Fine advancement of priority projects
  • Town of Clifton
  • Wildlife Conservation Society
  • Clifton-Fine Economic
    Development Corporation
Local Project Awards
Awardee Amount
Project Description Partner(s)
Town of Horicon $23,585 Town of Horicon Community Development Strategic Plan - a plan to address economic, housing, and infrastructure needs of low to moderate-income hamlet residents
Town of Indian Lake $42,600 Indian Lake Theater - a plan to reopen the theater as a multi-purpose community center for special events, community theater, concerts, and movies
  • Adirondack Community Trust
  • The Indian Lake Theater
Town of Arietta $50,000 Town of Arietta 2008 Comprehensive Plan development of the comprehensive plan using smart growth principles
Town of Long Lake $11,600 Common Ground Alliance "Blueprint for the Blue Line" - update to the "Blueprint" document, outreach and annual meeting
  • Wildlife Conservation Society
  • Adirondack North Country Association
Town of Newcomb $50,000 Northern Forest Conservation Education and Leadership Training Institute - business feasibility study for conference facility and adaptive reuse of Masten House
  • SUNY ESF Adirondack Ecological Center
  • ESF College Foundation
Town of Chester $35,000 Town of Chester Community Housing Plan a plan to retain existing and establish new housing opportunities that are affordable to working residents
Town of Wilmington $50,000 Economic Impact Feasibility Study - plan
for a Community Center, Municipal Offices, Historical Society Building and a Fly Fishing Museum
Town of Bolton $50,000 Sustainability Plan for the Hamlet of Bolton Landing
Town of Ausable $26,000 Town of Ausable Comprehensive Plan development of the comprehensive plan using smart growth principles
Town of Stony Creek $25,000 Revitalization Study for the Hamlet of Stony
Town of Brighton $46,400 Brighton Smart Growth Assessment Project a land use assessment and cooperative community effort toward sustainable economic growth
  • Wildlife Conservation Society
County of St. Lawrence $45,000 A User's Guide to the Adirondacks in St. Lawrence County - development of a comprehensive tourism guide

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