Watertown Whittles Down List Of Projects For DowntownPosted: Updated:
A local committee has selected 20 projects eligible for the big downtown Watertown overhaul.
This has to do with the Downtown Revitalization Initiative (DRI) - the $10 million state grant the city won. The number of projects has been whittled down from more than 90 proposals.
The state will have the final say on what gets funded.
The projects total just under $15 million and the state grant is for $10 million.
"There might be other evaluation factors that the state will determine they can't fund for whatever reason, so they need to be able to go to the next project or let's have other projects we can look at," said Lisa Nagle of Elan Planning. "The total award will eventually be $10 million."
Some of the projects might seem familiar, such as a $2.2 million proposal to restore the Masonic Temple, put in an elevator, and transform it into an arts center.
Other familiar projects are $2 million for a YMCA aquatics, racquet sport and wellness center and $1.5 million for a parking garage on Stone Street.
One project on the list many might not have heard of is $500,000 for the Jefferson County Historical Association.
The money would be used for a new elevator, improved exhibits, and updates to the heating and cooling system. Those upgrades would allow the museum to get national accreditation.
"This funding is absolutely critical to being able to be able to get accreditation, to move forward," executive director Jordan Walker said. "Not only will we be able to take care of our collections better but it opens it up to more opportunities for grants down the road."
Another project that's moving forward is Power Play Sports, an indoor hockey training facility that will open in next few months in a building in the J.B. Wise parking lot.
It was included for almost $50,000 for NHL-level training equipment.
"Going forward with the DRI, funding it really puts us head and shoulders above any other facility like ours within hours," co-owner Paul Trimper.
Here's the list of 20 projects submitted to the state:
- Masonic Temple - $2.2 Million
Elevator, new entrance, restore exterior
- Lincoln Building - $825,000
Renovate Second and Third Floors, Create Office Space, Innovation Center
-Franklin Street Facades - $1,243,000
- Community Café and Grocery Store- $149,568
- Paddock Arcade Market Rate Housing- $123,000
5 upper-story market rate apartments
- Paddock Arcade Public Space Enhancements- $435,000
glass roof, elevator, heat and cooling
- Jefferson County Historical Society Update - $506,600
New elevator, interactive, modernized exhibit displays, Updates to heating and cooling system will enable the facility to meet accepted museum industry standards, which currently limits it from receiving museum accreditation
- YMCA, Aquatics, Racquet Sport & Wellness Center - 2,000,000
Build 40,000 to 45,000 square foot center in Downtown Watertown
- Year Round Market -$ 225,000
Indoor/ Outdoor year-round market for fresh produce, fruits, prepared foods and other goods from local vendors
- Power Play Sports Indoor Hockey Training Facility - $49,700
To purchase a training aid called the Rapidshot
- JCC Downtown TechSpace - $2,500,000
Purchase a downtown building to develop a TechSpace for entrepreneurs and workforce training and applied learning opportunities.
- Stone Street Parking structure - $1,500,000
Parking structure along stone street with approximately 115 spaces. Operate by permit during regular business hours and open for general public in evenings and on weekends
- Downtown Beautification Project - $80,000
Landscaping around Downtown
- Strauss Walkway Lighting & Enhancement- $375,000
Walkway connecting J.B. Wise parking lot and Public Square. Repair the walls and walkway , add decorative lighting and paint murals or install other types of public art to make the space more inviting and safe for pedestrians.
- Public Square Fountain Ornamental Fence - $55,000
- Downtown Streetscape Project - $1,500,000
Install streetscape enhancements on Franklin Street, Court Street from Public Square to North Massey Street, and on Coffeen Street from Court Street to North Massey Street
- Governor Flower Memorial Enhancement - $100,000
Enhance monument to maintain its safety. Victim to traffic accidents
- WLDC Downtown Fund- $600,000
Create a fund administered by the WLDC to offset costs for Public Square Commercial Rent Assistance & Façade Improvement
- Downtown Signage& Wayfinding - $320,000
Create a brand to be used on signage to direct people
- Downtown Watertown Art Project- $155,000
Art and Sculptures placed around downtown. Partner with arts organization to create ideas