OGDENSBURG The city is hoping that a $2.2 million grant for site improvements will spark private sector interest in developing the derelict waterfront.
On Monday, City Council agreed to submit a state Consolidated Funding Application for a grant not to exceed $2.2 million. The money would be spent on four projects over a 15-year period tied to the citys recently launched Brownfield Opportunity Area planning program for waterfront development.
They are the catalytic projects that are needed to entice private developers to invest in Ogdensburgs St. Lawrence and Oswegatchie rivers waterfronts, Planning and Development Director Andrea L. Smith said Tuesday.
Those projects and their estimated costs are:
■ $950,000 for water and sewer line extensions at the former Diamond International site on Madison Avenue.
■ $650,000 for water and sewer line extensions on Franklin Street.
■ $415,000 for expansion of and improvements to the citys boat launches in the Greenbelt and at Paterson Street.
■ $150,000 to extend Main Street over Lake Street and eastward through a city-owned wooded area to East River Street.
City officials are betting that a developer who is location-shopping will commit to a site faster if sewer and water accommodations are already in place.
Its a huge first step, Mayor William D. Nelson said. These are all fantastic projects.
A decision on the grant application is due in December.