Ogdensburg Hoping to Get Surplus Psych Center Land
Ogdensburg is working with State Senator Patty Ritchie to try and take surplus land at the St. Lawrence Psychiatric Center.
Ritchie announced she will be introducing legislation next week to turn 160 vacant acres of unused property at the Psych Center into economic development assets for Ogdensburg. The idea is that after the city gains control of the land, it can work to encourage projects such as waterfront housing, public access to the river, land for industry, and the list goes on.
"Now we have an opportunity to work with the Governor again to take the blighted properties and empty buildings at the St. Lawrence Psychiatric Center and transform them into an asset to help create new jobs and opportunities for the people of the North Country," said Senator Ritchie in a release Friday.
Ritchie says the proposal was endorsed by the St. Lawrence Psychiatric Center Task Force on Thursday. The Ogdensburg City Council will consider a proposal to endorse the plan Monday.
Friday, March 7, 2014, Watertown, NY
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