July 7, 2008

Paterson Announces $24.9M in Environmental Protection Fund Grants

By Carbonaro, Maria

Gov. David A. Paterson has announced the award of $24.9 million in grants from the State Environmental Protection Fund's Local Waterfront Revitalization Program (LWRP) for 97 projects across New York State.

These awards cover a variety of planning, design, and construction projects that focus on economic, community, environmental, and recreational improvements.

Grants were given to projects in every region of the state. The Department of State's Division of Coastal Resources administers Environmental Protection Fund grants available to local governments for planning, design and construction projects that advance preparation or implementation of LWRPs, community-revitalization strategies, watershed-management plans, coastal education programs, blueway trails, and urban waterfront redevelopment. All grants are awarded on a 50-50 matching basis, the state says.

The list of grant recipients issued by the governor's office includes the following projects within the 16-county Central New York region.

Broome County

* City of Binghamton: Chenango River Trails Connection Project: $105,000. The city of Binghamton will design an extension of the city's existing Chenango River trail to connect the current terminus at Cheri Lindsey Park to the 3.5 mile Otsiningo trail system. This work builds on the ongoing construction of the trail system along the eastern bank of the Chenango River, nearly completed.

* Town of Vestal: Broome County Intermunicipal Waterfront Revitalization Project: $48,000. The town of Vestal, on behalf of 22 communities in Broome County, proposes to develop an intermunicipal waterfront-revitalization strategy focused on public access for the Chenango, Delaware, Susquehanna, and Tioughnioga Rivers, The project will result in a land- and water-use plan identifying public-access improvements and projects, potential funding, and marketing sources, and a possible water-trail route. Work will be performed through a combination of contractual services and municipal staff from participating communities.

Cortland County

* Village of Marathon: Village of Marathon Waterfront Redevelopment Project: $515,000. The village of Marathon will construct downtown streetscape, connectivity, and recreational improvements to complement the planned reconstruction of Route 221/ Main Street. The project will include streetscaping along Peck Street to connect with the River Trail, creation of a walkway along Brink Street linking the village parking lot with Main Street, and installation of a playground at Lovell Field.

Jefferson County

* City of Watertown: Phase Ill Black River Rediscovery Project: $505,000. The city of Watertown will advance a priority project identified in its draft Local Waterfront Revitalization Program for the Black River waterfront. Work will consist of design and reconstruction of the "JB Wise" parking lot, including reconfiguration of parking spaces, improved entrance-ways, new sidewalks, landscaping, and lighting, in order to better connect downtown with the Black River waterfront.

Seneca County (in partnership with Chemung, Ontario, Schuyler, and Yates counties)

* City of Geneva: Seneca Lake Watershed Management Plan: $152,500. The city of Geneva, on behalf of the Genesee/Finger Lakes Regional Planning Council (GFLRPC), is sponsoring the preparation of a Seneca Lake Watershed Management Plan.

Grant funding will support phase one of the necessary watershed characterization, as well as public outreach and educational activities associated with preparation of the watershed characterization and plan. These activities are intended to build on the existing "Seneca Lake Watershed Study" and "State of the Seneca Lake Watershed" management plans.

Onondaga County

* Town of Cicero: Brewerton Revitalization Phase II: $137,500. The town of Cicero will construct a building in the hamlet of Brewerton's Riverfront Park, located on the Oneida River, to house public restrooms and security, and install picnic facilities and electrical hookups along the dock wall. Work will include building. design, extension of utilities, building construction, and installation of picnic and other amenities.

* City of Syracuse: Waterfront Linkages: Lake to Creek to Community: $500,000. The city will undertake planning, design, and construction activities that will advance efforts to enhance linkages between Onondaga Lake, Onondaga Creek, and local neighborhoods, and improve the environmental quality of the planned Onondaga Creckwalk. Work will include identification of six candidate project sites, feasibility analysis, and site design for three sites, and construction of one project based on the prepared designs.

Oswego County

* City of Oswego: Captain's Quarters Conference Center Pedestrian and Parking Enhancements: $214,956. The city will construct a public parking lot and pedestrian corridor on East First Street adjacent to an existing hotel and the site of the proposed Best Western Captain's Quarters Conference Center. The developer of these facilities will donate the land for the parking lot and pedestrian corridor as part of this project.

St. Lawrence County

* Town of Clifton: Oswegatchie River & Cranberry Lake Access Points & Interpretive Information: $164,469. The town of Clifton, in partnership with the town of Fine, will implement its intermunicipal waterfront-revitalization vision by advancing priority projects. Work will include design and construction of traffic and parking improvements at the community center; development of design and construction drawings for improvements to the Oswegatchic River/ Tooley Pond Road boat launch and several Little River access points; and development and installation of signage and markers, and design, publication and distribution of print and online marketing materials for the 50-mile Cranberry Lake trail. The town also proposes to develop and install two interprefive signs under this grant.

Tompkins County

* City of Ithaca: Cayuga Waterfront Trail Phase 3 Construction: $88,340. The city of Ithaca will renovate the trail bridge over Cascadilla Creek and construct a 1,115-linear-foot section of Phase 3 of its Cayuga Waterfront Trail, in the city-owned right-of-way along Willow Avenue. This trail segment will include vegetated swales intended to collect and filter stormwater and provide green space. In addition, the intersection of Willow Avenue and' Pier Road will be reconfigured to slow traffic and increase pedestrian safety.

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