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GLENS FALLS — Money to construct a new parking garage on South Street and a new hotel at Gore Mountain, and to clean up a demolished building in Whitehall, were part of $67 million in funding the Capital Region received from the governor’s Regional Economic Development Council.

A big-ticket item included $1.5 million for the construction of a 450- to 475-vehicle parking garage along South Street. The parking garage is part of the Downtown Revitalization Initiative project, which includes a new farmers market on the old OTB site at 51-57 South St.

The garage will provide parking for the market and tenants of the buildings being redeveloped along the street. The city plans to sell the former Hot Shots building at 45 South St. and the old garment factory at 36 Elm St. to private developers.

The city in 2016 was awarded nearly $10 million for the DRI initiative. About $5 million has been earmarked for the farmers market. The city also was awarded $750,000 in Restore New York funding, so this will help stretch the dollars further.

“What we’ve tried to do is assemble these various funds, so it gives us a little flexibility in putting these projects together,” said EDC Warren County President Edward Bartholomew.

Bartholomew said construction costs have increased with the rising costs of materials, such as steel, because of new tariffs. The added funding will help offset those costs.

The city’s consultant, LA Group, is in the process of designing exactly where the parking garage would go, Bartholomew said.

The state has also promised $800,000 to FrontStreet Development, which intends to construct a 40-unit hotel called Ski Bowl Mountain Inn next to Gore Mountain Ski Area.

The first phase of the project will include infrastructure, the main lodge and a 10-unit guest cottage, according to the report detailing the awards.

Bartholomew said David Crikelair of FrontStreet Development has been working on the project for a long time. It had received approval from the Adirondack Park Agency several years ago, but was delayed by a soft market for second homes and vacation rentals.

Lodging is very much needed in North Creek, Bartholomew said.

“People want to be able to ski, and they want to be able to stay right in the same community,” he said.

Glens Falls Mayor Dan Hall was pleased that Finch Paper was awarded $90,000 for a training program in management and leadership and financial planning and control.

In addition, the city received a $43,500 grant to work with the town of Queensbury on an inventory of greenhouse gas emissions, develop a climate action plan and an inventory of government vehicles and operations to become designated as a Climate Smart Community. The city’s Sustainability Committee will be working on the initiative.

“They’ll have an action plan they’ll put forward,” he said.

Washington County projects

Washington County projects also got a boost. The complex cleanup of building debris remaining after the village of Whitehall’s former Flat Iron Building collapsed earlier this year will get underway with a $300,000 award.

Mayor Phil Smith said several factors make the clean-up costly, including having to treat the site as contaminated and a requirement that all materials must be transported to a certified landfill. The closest is in Buffalo, he said.

“The Department of Labor has strict guidelines, and we have to treat the material as contaminated,” Smith said, adding that when the building collapsed the EPA tested the site and there was no evidence of contamination. “Buildings of a certain age have to be treated as if contaminated.”

Smith said it’s likely the cleanup will take place next spring. Current plans are to build a parking lot in the space, he said.

The Northern Slate Valley Rail Trail in Granville will extend beyond Middle Granville with a $250,000 award, according to town Supervisor Matt Hicks.

“It’s been dead-ended for years in Middle Granville,” he said. “If we could get to Poultney (Vermont), the trail could go to Fair Haven (Vermont) and then to Whitehall.”

A major Washington County business received $400,000 to upgrade equipment. Doty Machine Works of Fort Edward will buy a new computer numeric control machine to improve efficiency and add new jobs, according to owner Elizabeth Miller.

“It will be much more accurate,” said Miller on Tuesday afternoon, adding that the existing machine is manually operated and the new equipment is digital. “We are thrilled.”

Doty has been in business for more than 60 years, Miller said.

“We send pieces of machinery around the world,” she said, referring to a recent piece sent to Vietnam. “This keeps upstate New York manufacturing in the forefront.”

Washington County is set to receive nearly $600,000 to help conduct a countywide revaluation.

Some nonprofit organizations also got funding. Friends of the Washington County Grasslands received $63,000 to buy 64 acres of grassland in Argyle to protect endangered and threatened grassland birds.

Hubbard Hall is receiving $30,000 to produce a new play based on the life of suffragist Susan B. Anthony. Salem Art Works is receiving $25,000 to hire a youth programs coordinator.

HomeFront Development Corp. is getting $20,000 in funding to study reuse of three properties in the village of Cambridge.

Major projects in Saratoga County included $1 million to add facilities to expand educational and community programs at Saratoga Performing Arts Center and $200,000 for a marketing campaign to increase tourism to the area.

Last year, the Capital Region was a top performer and received about $85 million. Bartholomew said the Capital Region has finished in first or second in the last few years.

“You can’t win every single year,” he said.

Regional Economic Development Council awards

The state announced the Regional Economic Development Council awards on Tuesday at the Capital Center in Albany.

$763 million was dispersed across 10 regions. The North Country received $64.8 million for 70 projects, and the Capital Region received $67 million for 95 projects.

 
County Applicant Project Amount
Essex The Fort Ticonderoga Association Ticonderoga marketing $300,000
Town of Ticonderoga Wastewater treatment study $30,000
Essex County Shared technology services $199,854
Hamilton Town of Long Lake Comprehensive plan $35,000
Adirondack Historical Association Workforce training and development programs $59,250
Saratoga Capital Region BOCES Shared food services program $945,662
Lakes to Locks Passage, Inc. Lock by Lock: Why the World Needs to Know About the Champlain Canal $49,500
SPAC Multimedia marketing campaign $195,000
SPAC SPAC improvement project $1.5 million
Warren City of Glens Falls Henry Street infiltration and inflow study $100,000
City of Glens Falls Climate smart communities certifications actions $43,500
EDC Warren County South Street redevelopment funds $1.5 million
Finch Paper LLC Lean manufacturing training $90,000
FrontStreet Mountain Development Ski Bowl Mountain Inn $800,000
Town of Bolton Rogers Memorial Park Waterfront sustainability improvements $600,000
Town of Hague Wastewater treatment plant improvements $230,625
Town of Lake George Wasterwater pump station consolidation $657,028
Town of Warrensburg Library Avenue sewer district extension study $30,000
Village of Lake George Infiltration and inflow study $100,000
Warren County Schroon Lake Invasive Species Prevention and Control program $289,750
Warren County Soil & Water Conservation Erosion control $65,200
Washington Doty Machine Works Machine purchase $400,000
Friends of the Washington County IBA, Inc. AZS viewing area phase II $63,191
Homefront Developlment Corp. Cambridge TA $20,000
Hubbard Hall Projects, Inc. Susan B. Anthony programming $30,000
Town of Granville Northern Slate Valley Rail Trail $250,000
Village of Granville Wastewater treatment plant disinfection study $24,950
Village of Hudson Falls Paris Park Green Project $725,000
Village of Hudson Falls Clark, School and Union streets water mains project $750,000
Village of Whitehall Public parking facility for Flat Iron buiding $300,000
Washington County Department of Public Works $272,500
Salem Art Works Inc. Workforce expansion $25,000

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Michael Goot covers politics, business, the city of Glens Falls and the town and village of Lake George. Reach him at 518-742-3320 or mgoot@poststar.com and follow his blog at http://poststar.com/blogs/michael_goot/.

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