April 15, 2015
Albany, NY

Governor Cuomo Announces $443,000 in Awards For Eight Adirondack Communities

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Grants to Help Communities Use Unique Local Resources to Attract Tourists and Strengthen Regional Economies

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Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today announced $443,000 in smart growth grants awarded by New York State to eight Adirondack communities for sustainable revitalization and economic development projects. Funds will go toward general revitalization efforts as well as to help refurbish historic properties and develop recreational trail connections to sustain and enhance tourism.

“The Adirondack Park is one of the most beautiful natural resources in the country, and funding sustainable projects to revitalize small communities will continue to draw visitors," Governor Cuomo said. "These projects are an investment in the region that will bring long-term economic benefits and ensure that the Adirondacks remain enjoyable for years to come."

This is the third round of smart growth funding through the Environmental Protection Fund to support Adirondack Park communities, building on the success of two rounds (in 2007 and 2010) that focused on planning projects. Previous funding supported locally led plans to establish direct links between Department of Environmental Conservation trail systems and community trails, as well help underutilized hamlets use historic resources to attract visitors. This year's awards focus on implementing projects, both regional and local, that are supported by prior planning and are now ready to move forward.

The Department of Environmental Conservation administers the smart growth grants in partnership with the Adirondack Park Agency and the New York State Department of State. The program has provided direct support to municipalities and not-for-profit organizations for parkwide initiatives – such as the Common Ground Alliance and Adirondack Partnership – that are promoting critical, shared priorities of local residents, municipalities, not-for-profit organizations and state agencies, including economic development, broadband and sustainable recreation and tourism.

Department of Environmental Conservation Commissioner Joe Martens said, “The beautiful natural resources in the Adirondacks offer a unique opportunity to attract tourists and new businesses, and these grants will help local communities develop projects to achieve their economic potential. Governor Cuomo is committed to helping Adirondack communities build more sustainable economies and this smart growth funding supports strategies and partnerships that will benefit communities across the region. We congratulate the grant recipients for their vision and commitment, and look forward to working with them to make the North Country an even better place to live, work and play.”

Adirondack Park Agency Chairwoman Lani Ulrich said, “The Agency is very pleased to collaborate with Governor Cuomo and the Department of Environmental Conservation on the smart growth in the Adirondack Park program. Across the nation, there is a growing appreciation for communities with a sense of place. An increased desire for neighborhoods devoid of sprawl, and a yearning for landscapes that sustain wildlife while supporting a rural way of life. The implementation of these projects will improve the economic well-being of the Adirondack Park while preserving the exceptional open space characteristics which make the Adirondack Park so wonderful.”

Senator Betty Little said, “For the past four years, we’ve seen a wonderful and productive partnership develop in the Adirondacks among state and local government officials, not-for-profits, environmental groups, businesses and residents. Working cooperatively, a lot has been accomplished and this new round of smart growth grants builds on the positive momentum. I’m very thankful for the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and Department of Environmental Conservation Commissioner Joe Martens for their commitment to help our local communities implement strategies to grow the economy while safeguarding the environment.”

Assemblyman Dan Stec said, "These grants will continue to enhance economic development opportunities along with providing multi-use recreational activities that will benefit our North Country communities."

Assemblymember Janet L. Duprey said, “I am pleased three of the communities in my Assembly District are receiving Smart Growth awards in this round of funding. The Town and Village of Tupper Lake are in the process of revitalizing those communities by improving the visual appeal of streets, businesses and tourist attractions. People often make quick assessments on a community based on first sight, and these improvements will definitely increase the appeal and vibrancy of Tupper Lake. The Town of Duane Church is a unique structure in the center of this small rural community that will allow town officials to develop tourism and activities throughout the town. I thank the Governor and Commissioner Martens for their continued support of our Adirondack Region.”

Fred Monroe, executive director of the Adirondack Park Local Government Review Board, said, “The Adirondack Park Local Government Review Board applauds the Department of Environmental Conservation for the smart growth grants announced today. The smart growth planning grants announced in 2007 and 2010 set the stage for the implementation phase of projects announced in this round. These grants will help Adirondack communities improve their economies by increasing recreational opportunities, attracting more visitors and increasing tourism."

Adirondack Association of Towns and Villages President Brian Towers said, “Governor Cuomo's continued support for the Adirondack Park is greatly appreciated and is having a profound positive impact on Park municipalities. Connecting the Forest Preserve to our ‎communities is an economic strategy that is strongly supported by local government.”

The awards will fund the below projects:

Adirondack Smart Growth Awards

Applicant & Partners

Town of Tupper Lake with Village of Tupper Lake

Project Title

Improving Tupper Lake's 21st Century Curb Appeal

Total Grant Funds Awarded

$50,000

Summary

The smart growth grant will advance previous smart growth planning by improving the community’s curb appeal. Facade improvements will be made at the ROOST Tupper Lake Information Center, and tourism businesses and attractions will get digital curb appeal improvements on their websites.

 

Applicant & Partners

Adirondack Historical Association with Town of Indian Lake

Project Title

The Adirondack Museum's New Exhibition - The Adirondack Experience

Total Grant Funds Awarded

$75,000

Summary

With the support of the smart growth grant, the Adirondack Museum will undergo the most significant transformation in its history – the creation of a new 18,000-square-foot exhibition known as The Adirondack Experience. The project is set for completion in 2017 and will generate new jobs and help strengthen the North Country’s tourism industry.

 

Applicant & Partners

Town of Willsboro with North Elba and Lewis

Project Title

Multi-Town Trail Development: Willsboro, North Elba & Lewis

Total Grant Funds Awarded

$74,948

Summary

This smart growth grant will be used to implement multi-use recreational trail projects in the towns of Willsboro, Lewis and North Elba, all situated in Essex County, entirely within the Blue Line of the Adirondack Park.

The trail projects in Lewis and North Elba will be constructed to International Mountain Biking Association standards and will reinforce the Adirondacks as a mountain biking mecca that will attract riders from all over the Northeast.

 

Applicant & Partners

Town of Duane

Project Title

Duane 1884 Church

Total Grant Funds Awarded

$74,029

Summary

Historic Duane Church, built in 1884, is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. A recent engineering inspection found that the foundation of the church’s bell tower is failing. To complete the repairs, the building and the bell tower have to be raised so the foundation walls can be replaced and the existing stone wall can be shored up.

The smart growth grant will help preserve this important landmark that helps identify Duane Center as the hub of the community – an area the town is working to develop for small businesses. Improvements to the church will also promote increased use of the adjacent town-owned recreational trails. The church sits at the west entrance to the trail system which is used for hiking and cross-country skiing and wildlife viewing via a remote overlook.

 

Applicant & Partners

Village of Port Henry

Project Title

Implementing a Port Henry Blue Print

Total Grant Funds Awarded

$24,000

Summary

This smart growth grant will be used to hire a consulting firm to finalize and implement the Zoning Commission’s recommendations for ordinances to define the Village of Port Henry's priorities.

The project will help preserve the historic nature and character of the village. There will also be a focus on mixed-use development, rehabilitation, waterfront improvement and walkable areas.

 

Applicant & Partners

Town of Bolton

Project Title

Cross Street Parking Facility

Total Grant Funds Awarded

$68,000

Summary

This smart growth grant will support construction of a public parking facility that will unify the town’s public services including the Municipal Center, Health Center, Recreation Commission, Local Police Station, Farmers Market, Senior Center and the Office for the Aging meal site.

The parking facility in the town center will accommodate 58 vehicles and be constructed using green infrastructure principles and best management practices for storm water.

 

Applicant & Partners

Town of Johnsburg

Project Title

North Creek Ski Bowl Trails, Kiosks, and Signs

Total Grant Funds Awarded

$37,121

Summary

This smart growth grant will provide for the necessary finishing touches to create an exceptional recreational trail system.

The project in Ski Bowl Park will place kiosks at trailheads, develop trailhead signage, install strategically placed trail map boards and build an additional one kilometer of trails to connect with an existing trail network. Plus, benches and picnic tables will be installed on the trails and at the picnic area, and brochures and an interactive mapping app will be developed.

 

Applicant & Partners

Town of Moriah with Town of Willsboro and Town of Essex

Project Title

Champlain Valley Historic Heritage Partnership Implementation

Total Grant Funds Awarded

$39,902

Summary

The Town of Moriah in partnership with the towns of Willsboro and Essex will restore three historic structures:

  • the Adsit Cabin, the oldest known log cabin in the United States; 
  • the Iron Center, an 1891 Carriage House building that illustrates the town’s role in supplying high-grade Iron Ore in the early years; and 
  • the Boquet School House, an octagonal schoolhouse that has retained its original design and material since construction in 1826.


These historic structures are located along the Champlain Valley, NYS Path through History and Lakes to Locks Passage Scenic Byway. They help tell the story of the Champlain Valley region of the Adirondack Park. The project involves purchasing cedar shingles, restoring a slate roof and replacing logs to restore existing structural integrity.

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