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$11.5M awarded to Mohawk Valley municipalities as part of Restore NY

Several projects in the Mohawk Valley have been awarded state funding as part of the Restore New York initiative, Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced Monday.

Posted: Mar 26, 2018 5:41 PM

Several projects in the Mohawk Valley have been awarded state funding as part of the Restore New York initiative, Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced Monday.

A total of $11.5 million has been awarded to six municipalities in the Mohawk Valley for Round 5 of Restore New York, and nearly $81 million has been awarded to 71 municipalities statewide.

In the city of Rome, $1 million has been awarded for the remediation of contamination and the demolition of the former Rome Cable manufacturing facility. The project will deliver a clean 40-acre site for future development and investment, according to Cuomo.

In the city of Utica, $2 million has been awarded for asbestos abatement and roof and exterior replacement at the former GE facility, located at 1900 Bleecker Street.

“I am pleased to have supported and advocated for the local community projects that were submitted for funding under Restore NY, which has helped to rejuvenate and revitalize local municipalities for a number of years,” said state Sen. Joseph Griffo of Rome in a news release. “This funding will help to eliminate blight, rehabilitate neighborhoods and former industrial sites and will foster future growth in communities in the Mohawk Valley and North Country, as well as throughout the state."

State Assembyman Anthony Brindisi also announced the Utica and Rome awards last week.

"General Electric’s old advertising slogan was ‘We Bring Good Things to Life.’ These RESTORE New York grants will bring the former GE building, and the area that once housed Rome Cable back to life, again employing local residents and adding value to Utica and Rome’s tax rolls,” Brindisi said in a news release.

Other municipalities awarded funding in the Mohawk Valley include:

- Village of Canajoharie - $6,000,000 - The only project in New York State to receive a "special project" designation, this award will allow for the demolition of abandoned and condemned warehouse space at the former Beech-Nut facility, that sits on a 26-acre parcel of land, creating a 15-acre shovel-ready site.

- City of Johnstown - $1,000,000 - Renovations, including a new roof, electrical, windows, HVAC and interior finishes, to the former Diana Knitting Mill, which has stood vacant for 17 years. Plans include the creation of a mixed-use facility.

- City of Gloversville - $750,000 - Renovations to the former City National building, making it suitable for prospective businesses and apartments, as well as encouraging job growth in downtown Gloversville.

 -City of Oneonta - $750,000 - The restoration of the old Stevens Hardware building on Main Street in the heart of downtown Oneonta. The building will be redeveloped and once again serve as an active contributor to the Oneonta Downtown Commercial Historic District.

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