North country gets $67.9 million for economic development

North country gets $67.9 million for economic development

ALBANY, N.Y. (WWNY) - The state has awarded $67.9 million to the north country for economic development.

Regional Economic Development Council awards were announced Thursday in Albany.

For the state's purposes, the north country includes Jefferson, Lewis, St. Lawrence, Clinton, Essex, Franklin, and Hamilton counties, which share the $67.9 million.

St. Lawrence County had a big project on the list: the Midtown Plaza redevelopment in Canton. The funding recommendation was more than $3.3 million. The state awarded the project $1.3 million.

The plan is to redevelop the plaza into a mixed use property. The existing buildings would be demolished and replaced by a three-story structure. The first floor plans include an entrepreneurship center and commercial space. The second and third floors would house 45 residential units. Improvements are planned for parking lots and grounds, resulting in a space integrated with the Main Street corridor.

In Jefferson County, $1.24 million was awarded for EZ STAK to buy and renovate a new facility in Watertown. This move will allow EZ STAK to relocate much of its aluminum manufacturing businesses from Canada to New York. EZ STAK is a manufacturer of aluminum interiors and turnkey solutions for vehicles in the utility, construction, oil & gas, and communication industries.

Also in Jefferson County, money was awarded to MetalCraft Marine in Cape Vincent and Thousand Island Agriculture Park LLC in the town of Watertown.

In Lewis County, $350,242 was recommended for the county Industrial Development Agency’s Center for Progress Building. In 2018, the IDA purchased the former Climax Manufacturing facility in Lowville to develop a multi-tenant small business incubator and co-working space.

Also in Lewis County, money was awarded the Osceola Ski Sport Resort and Hand in Hand Early Childhood Center in Lowville.

To see the list of all the awards throughout the state, click here. Go to page 67 to see the north country region’s awards.

See the North Country Regional Economic Development Council’s 2019 progress report here. The section concerning specific north country projects starts on page 46.

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