October 4, 2016
Albany, NY

Governor Cuomo Announces Grand Opening of the Canal Street Marketplace in Fort Edward

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Coincides with Opening of Canal Corporation's First Annual Locktoberfest Event on October 8


Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today announced the grand opening of the new Canal Street Marketplace, a restored 19th century canal maintenance barn in the Village of Fort Edward that has been transformed into a facility that will now host community events, meetings and serve as a brand new setting for farmers to sell their locally grown products. The grand opening of the marketplace takes place in conjunction with the opening of Fort Edward’s first annual Locktoberfest – the Canal Corporation’s signature event, designed to extend the excitement of canal tourism into the fall season.

“The Canal Street Marketplace creates a central space for residents to gather, builds upon this region’s rich agricultural heritage, and allows new avenues for the sale of New York grown and made products,” said Governor Cuomo. “This project was the vision of an entire community and I look forward to seeing it grow and thrive for years to come.”

The marketplace will now serve as a hub for community gatherings as well as a location for retail and agricultural goods produced in Washington, Warren, and Saratoga Counties, directly spurring economic and tourism development across the region. In addition to the rehabilitation of the old Canal barn, the project includes the creation of outdoor vendor spaces for use during the warmer months, offering an enhanced public area to connect farmers to new customers and the new farmers market to other downtown amenities.

New York Secretary of State Rossana Rosado said, “The New York Department of State is delighted to join Fort Edward in celebrating the completion of the Canal Street Marketplace, which will support local businesses and help drive tourism in the area. Our contribution to this project is yet another example of our long-standing commitment to the Town and Village of Fort Edward, where we have provided almost $1.5 million in funds through various programs to make Fort Edward a better place to live and visit.”

New York State Canal Corporation Director Brian U. Stratton said, “The restored barn, which once served as a strategic maintenance hub on the old Champlain Canal, has been given new life and will now serve a new generation of Fort Edward residents. This marketplace will be humming with activity this Saturday as one of the central locations for the annual Locktoberfest celebration.”

The Village of Fort Edward was awarded a $150,000 grant from the New York Department of State Local Waterfront Revitalization Program and $94,000 from the Canal Corporation to transform this former canal maintenance barn into the Canal Street Marketplace. The barn was abandoned by New York State in the 1950s, and has most recently been used for storage by Fort Edward’s Department of Public Works.

Work on the barn included stabilizing the structure by pouring a new concrete foundation and floor, the restoration and insulation of the roof and walls, and the installation of new electrical wiring, windows and a restroom.

Senator Betty Little said, "This project captures so well the essence of Washington County's agricultural heritage and its farming future. The repurposed barn is an ideal location for our local farmers to sell their products to consumers who appreciate their hard work and the quality of locally grown food."

Assemblywoman Carrie Woerner said, "The opening of the Canal Street Marketplace is an important opportunity for economic and tourism development in the Fort Edward and Washington County communities, and will provide an additional market for many of our local agricultural and retail businesses. Heritage tourism and agri-tourism are vital to our local economy, and I thank the Department of State, Canal Corporation, Capital Region Regional Economic Development Council, and Governor Cuomo for their shared commitment to these initiatives.”

James J. Barba, Capital Region Regional Economic Development Council co-chair and president and CEO of Albany Medical Center said, “As the Capital Region Economic Development Council works to invigorate our regional economy and create jobs, we are so gratified to see the work of so many shaping the Capital Region of tomorrow. Our State canals and communities, like Fort Edward, are assets to our region; they, along with the new Canal Street Marketplace, spotlight our strengths, help drive tourism and showcase our beauty – all in line with the goals of our regional strategic plan.”

Village Mayor Matthew Traver said, “This marketplace is a wonderful example of local and state partners coming together to create a location that will benefit our community. Conversion of this barn, which once served as a storage facility for the Department of Public Works, will create a unique location for community events and reconnects us to our storied history.”

Town Supervisor of Fort Edward Mitchell Suprenant said, “This project is another example of several agencies working together for the betterment of Fort Edward. Rehabilitating the barn, a piece of Fort Edward history, shows the commitment of recognizing our rich history while creating a forward thinking economic development initiative. This marketplace will be a tremendous asset to the town and to the vendors using it as another opportunity to showcase their locally sourced goods.”

About Locktoberfest Fort Edward
Locktoberfest Fort Edward will take place on Saturday, October 8 and is the first Locktoberfest celebration along the historic Champlain Canal. The event is sponsored by New York State Canal Corporation, Taste NY, I LOVE NY, and the Village of Fort Edward. Events are planned at both the Fort Edward Yacht Basin and at the Canal Street Marketplace. The Canal Street Marketplace can accommodate both inside and outside vendors. The marketplace building is a 19th century post and beam canal warehouse located along the old Champlain Canal, now Canal Street. The Marketplace building and grounds have undergone extensive renovations and investment and is now open for business. 

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