April 28, 2017
Albany, NY

Governor Cuomo Announces Two New Brownfield Opportunity Areas in Onondaga and Steuben Counties

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New Designations Bring Total Number of Brownfield Opportunity Areas in New York State to 40
 
Provides Resources to Local Governments to Revitalize Communities Across New York
 
Supports New York’s Successful Regional Plan Blueprints, “Southern Tier Soaring” and “Central NY Rising,” to Grow Regional Economies and Create New Opportunities

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Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today announced the designation of two new Brownfield Opportunity Areas in Onondaga County and Steuben County. The designations, in the Village of East Syracuse in Onondaga County and in the Town of Erwin and Villages of Painted Post and Riverside in Steuben County, will help communities develop strategies to revitalize neighborhoods affected by dormant and blighted properties and rebuild areas to create a vibrant economy and spur progress. Governor Cuomo also announced the advancement of key development projects in two previously designated Brownfield Opportunity Areas in Cattaraugus and Niagara Counties.
 
"Brownfield designations help equip communities with the tools and resources they need to revitalize blighted areas and turn them into economic engines," Governor Cuomo said. "These transformations will build on our successful efforts to spur job creation and support the growth of vibrant communities across New York."
 
The Brownfield Opportunity Area Program is administered by the New York Department of State. The new designations bring the total number of designated Brownfield Opportunity Areas in New York State to 40. To facilitate the work required to achieve a designation, the sponsoring communities received funding through the program to complete a nomination containing revitalization strategies specifically developed to promote sound redevelopment and enhanced environmental quality within the affected areas.
 
The two new Designated Brownfield Opportunity Areas are:
 
The Village of East Syracuse Brownfield Opportunity Area, Onondaga County
 
The Village of East Syracuse Brownfield Opportunity Area is a former industrial, manufacturing and railroad-related area of 354 acres, located in eastern Onondaga County adjacent to the City of Syracuse. Key recommendations focus on projects and other actions that will become catalysts for redevelopment of the area, including: repositioning the Manlius Street Business District as a thriving mixed-use downtown that serves residents of the Village as well as surrounding communities; increasing and diversifying local employment opportunities; improving the quality of the housing stock and increasing owner-occupied housing; addressing brownfield, vacant and underutilized sites; capitalizing on the presence of Bristol-Myers Squibb; facilitating new and expanded compatible commercial, manufacturing and light industrial business uses; and enhancing pedestrian and bicycle connectivity and safety. A $121,505 Brownfield Opportunity Area Program grant financed planning activities for the area.
 
The Town of Erwin, Villages of Painted Post and Riverside Brownfield Opportunity Area, Steuben County
 
This Brownfield Opportunity Area consists of 494 acres of mixed commercial, industrial, and residential use, and characterized with multiple brownfields and vacant and underutilized parcels located in the area surrounding the I-86 / Route 15 interchange in Steuben County. The primary community revitalization objectives include restoring the local tax base through the reuse of approximately vacant and underutilized properties and enhancing tourism.  
 
Key recommendations focus on projects and other actions that will become catalysts for redevelopment of the area, including: construction of a new West Water Street bridge to improve access to the area’s largest development site; improvements to key intersections; development of consistent zoning to support desired development, redevelopment of the Corning-Painted Post School Board building; streetscape improvements; enhanced pedestrian connectivity; and a business retention and expansion strategy to foster economic growth. A $135,000 Brownfield Opportunity Area Program grant financed planning activities for the area.
 
Governor Cuomo also announced two transformative development projects are moving forward in previously designated Brownfield Opportunity Areas with the assistance of a tax incentive intended to encourage private-sector cleanup and redevelopment of brownfield sites. The two development projects assisted by the tax incentive are:
 
600 River Road Development in the designated North Tonawanda BOA
 
With the assistance of the BOA tax incentive, a mixed-use residential and retail development will be constructed on six acres adjacent to the Niagara River. The site, which was the location of Niagara Iron Works from 1886 until 1972, is identified as strategic site in the North Tonawanda BOA. The proposed development includes rental apartments, townhouses, retail, and a walkway along the Niagara River, and will enhance the City’s waterfront by providing additional public access to the waterfront.

 

Business expansion in the designated City of Olean Northwest Quadrant BOA
 
A local commercial/industrial contracting business remediated and is expanding operations onto a site that was formerly an oil refinery. This project required $4 million in remediation before the company was able to construct a new office building, warehouse and paint shop on the property. This project brings over 20 new jobs to the city, adds to the tax base, and returns dormant industrial property to productive use.
 
New York Secretary of State Rossana Rosado said, “The Department of State is proud to work closely with local leaders and make a reality what they envision as a path for the renaissance of the Empire State. Rebuilding areas in need creates a vibrant economic legacy to our cities and towns and spurs job creation. The Governor’s commitment to impulse Brownfield Opportunity Area designation shows great strength to help communities reach their own goals for revitalization and provides incentives to attract private and public investment to areas in need."
 
Department of Environmental Conservation Commissioner Basil Seggos said, "The cleanup and restoration of brownfield properties in these communities is critical to safeguarding public health, protecting the environment, and developing community assets. By designating two new Brownfield Opportunity Areas in Onondaga and Steuben counties today, Governor Cuomo is giving these communities the power to reenergize their economies and improve quality of life for local residents.”
 
Robert T. Tackman, Mayor of East Syracuse, said, “This BOA designation will give the Village a stronger ability to continue to revitalize our community and allow us the ability to provide a safe and healthy place to live and work. I want to thank Governor Cuomo and the Department of State for their support and assistance. We are really excited to see the future development opportunities this designation will generate for our Village.”
 
David B. Erwin, Erwin Town Supervisor, said, “The Town of Erwin is pleased to receive the BOA Designation for our area. The New York Department of State has been a tremendous help in obtaining this designation which will sustain us as a Community of Distinction and provide economic stability for our region.”
 
Ralph Foster, Mayor of the Village of Painted Post, said, “The Village of Painted Post has benefitted greatly from the efforts of the Department of State and the Brownfield Opportunity Area program, which fostered our partnership with our neighbors to the benefit and growth of all three communities.”

William Cornell, Mayor of the Village of Riverside, said, “The Village of Riverside appreciates the work of the Department of State and the opportunity to be a part of this designation.  We look forward to the development prospects this designation will bring.”
Today's announcement complements two of the Governor’s signature regional initiatives to spur economic growth in upstate New York. The first, “Central NY Rising,” is the region’s award-winning strategic plan to generate robust economic growth and community development. This initiative is focused on capitalizing on global market opportunities, strengthening entrepreneurship and creating an inclusive economy. The state has already invested over $3.4 billion in the region since 2012 to lay the groundwork for the plan, which includes investing in key industries such as agriculture and food production, advanced manufacturing and the burgeoning unmanned aerial systems industry. Today, unemployment is down to the lowest levels since before the Great Recession; personal and corporate income taxes are down; and businesses are choosing places like Syracuse, Oswego and Auburn as a destination to grow and invest in as a result.
 
Upstate Revitalization Initiative
 
Today's announcement complements two of the Governor’s signature regional initiatives to spur economic growth in upstate New York. The first, “Central NY Rising,” is the region’s award-winning strategic plan to generate robust economic growth and community development. This initiative is focused on capitalizing on global market opportunities, strengthening entrepreneurship and creating an inclusive economy. The state has already invested over $3.4 billion in the region since 2012 to lay the groundwork for the plan, which includes investing in key industries such as agriculture and food production, advanced manufacturing and the burgeoning unmanned aerial systems industry. Today, unemployment is down to the lowest levels since before the Great Recession; personal and corporate income taxes are down; and businesses are choosing places like Syracuse, Oswego and Auburn as a destination to grow and invest in as a result.
 
Today's announcement also complements “Southern Tier Soaring,” the region’s comprehensive blueprint to generate robust economic growth and community development. The State has already invested more than $3.1 billion in the region since 2012 to lay for groundwork for the plan – attracting a talented workforce, growing business and driving innovation. Today, unemployment is down to the lowest levels since before the Great Recession; personal and corporate income taxes are down; and businesses are choosing places like Binghamton, Johnson City and Corning as a destination in which to grow and invest.

Now, the region is accelerating Southern Tier Soaring with a $500 million State investment through the Upstate Revitalization Initiative, announced by Governor Cuomo in December 2015. The State’s $500 million investment will incentivize private business to invest well over $2.5 billion – and the region’s plan, as submitted, projects up to 10,200 new jobs. More information is available here.​

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