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OGDENSBURG — Consultants will visit Ogdensburg next week to help the city as it works toward a plan for waterfront development.

A group from Connecticut consulting firm Vita Nuova will be in the city on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday to gather information for the city’s ongoing Brownfields Opportunity Area study.

“They’ll be meeting with different groups of people” including business and property owners, said Andrea L. Smith, planning and development director.

The state Brownfields grant program helps communities expedite remediation and reuse of polluted sites. The city has applied for $1 million, the maximum, to fund demolition and cleanup with an emphasis on the former Augsbury Oil Co. tank farm on Riverside Avenue.

The city’s 330-acre BOA zone covers the St. Lawrence River shoreline between Park Street to the east and the former Diamond International site to the west. The Augsbury property is in between, adjacent to the Greenbelt and closest to the easternmost boundary.

The Vita Nuova team will seek opinions on what commercial, recreational and residential uses are best and least practical for the BOA-potential sites once remediation is finished.

Neil W. Pariser, a senior development consultant with Vita Nuova, was a senior vice president for the South Bronx Overall Economic Development Corp., a business lending agency similar to the Ogdensburg Growth Fund Development Corp.

SoBRO oversees two Brownfield Opportunity Areas in the Port Morris and Eastchester sections of the Bronx.

Mr. Pariser visited last fall to explain to the City Council a market analysis study Vita Nuova conducted in Ogdensburg, which included the opinion that multifamily housing is feasible on remediated brownfield sites. He added housing developers show interest in those sites.

Business or property owners who wish to meet with the Vita Nuova officials while they’re in Ogdensburg may call the Planning and Development Office at 393-7150 to make an appointment.

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