Land behind Newton Falls mill cleaned up, tree farm, campground planned

File photo of the old Newton Falls Paper Mill property
File photo of the old Newton Falls Paper Mill property(WWNY)
Published: Dec. 10, 2020 at 2:47 PM EST
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NEWTON FALLS, N.Y. (WWNY) - More than 100 acres of what once was the Newton Falls Paper Mill will become something new.

The mill was a major employer for Newton Falls, Star Lake, and other communities before it shut down in 2010

Andy Leroux, who used to work there as a papermaker and later was a vice president with Newton Falls Fine Paper, bought land behind the mill buildings that was used for wastewater treatment.

Leroux cleaned up the property with help from a $22,300 grant from National Grid’s Brownfield Redevelopment Program.

The cleanup, which cost a total of $89,500, was completed this fall.

Leroux plans on building a Christmas tree farm, a maple syrup retail outlet, a fishing and hunting lodge and a campground.

“The additional funding allowed me to complete the demolition and remediation in a shorter amount of time and plant my first Christmas tree seedlings for next spring,” said Leroux in a prepared statement.

The 120 acre property is located at 875 County Route 60.

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