Ogdensburg waterfront gets big money to build higher and stronger

wwny Ogdensburg waterfront gets big money to build higher and stronger

OGDENSBURG, N.Y. (WWNY) - Ogdensburg’s waterfront comes up a big winner. The governor’s REDI plan will dish out $8.3 million for 4 projects to transform river fronts.

The Ogdensburg waterfront sure needs work. Some got done this fall. But much more is needed to protect it from future flooding. 'Resiliency' is the word they're using.

“Resiliency for Ogdensburg, it's much like the governor described, it's building better, building stronger, building smarter,” said Andrea Smith, Ogdensburg planning and development director.

Governor Andrew Cuomo basically gave the city everything it asked for – $8.3 million for 4 projects. It will come from the state's Resiliency and Economic Development Initiative. One project is rebuilding the Oswegatchie seawall.

“Without this REDI funding, that's something that probably would continue to crumble over the next several years,” said Smith.

Other city projects approved are at the city dock and Morissette Park, the marina area, and the shoreline along the Greenbelt. And Fort La Presentation was awarded $1.3 million.

“Unbelievable. This is wonderful," said Tim Cryderman, Fort La Presentation Association second vice president. "It's for shoreline restoration. We have lost a lot of shoreline to flooding and erosion.”

Walking trails also get flooded at the fort area and debris and trash washes up.

There is a wildcard for all these projects. And that's the havoc high water levels on the St. Lawrence can cause. That's what happened this past summer.

The project in Morristown and the one in Ogdensburg were stopped for months. So officials now count on challenges ahead – but say with the new money they can get the job done.

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