No DoD funds for amphitheater or Carthage hospital

Published: Aug. 18, 2021 at 10:05 AM EDT
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WASHINGTON (WWNY) - Projects for an amphitheater in Watertown and a new Carthage Area Hospital didn’t make the cut for Department of Defense grant funding.

Neither project is on the list of proposals moving forward in their quest for funding under what’s called the Defense Community Infrastructure Program.

The city of Watertown requested $7.5 million for an amphitheater on what’s known as Kite Hill in Thompson Park. The plan was to use the amphitheater year-round, complete with a stage, enclosed space under the stage, and a layout for seating.

“Basically, it didn’t rank as high as the other applications that got funded. We are disappointed that we’re not getting that money,” said city manager Ken Mix.

There were 13 projects that did get funded, ranging from shoreline protection, fire station construction, a water treatment project, as well as street and pedestrian improvements.

As for the future of the amphitheater, Mix said it will have to stay put for now.

“We’ll have to look and see if other funding opportunities come up, because it’s really too much for the city to take on by itself,” he said.

Carthage Area Hospital applied for $6 million to build water and sewer access for a new hospital planned along State Route 26 and Cole Road near the Carthage Central School complex.

Marketing Director Taylour Scanlin said the hospital project is still on track.

“This doesn’t change the trajectory of the project itself. Certainly this project isn’t contingent on grants alone, but of course any amount helps right with any project,” Scanlin said.

The $6 million was only going to cover a portion of its $86 million facility.

Scanlin said the hospital will continue to look for more grant funding to try and foot the bill.

Both projects were endorsed for the funding by Fort Drum.

This is the same program that granted the Watertown YMCA the money it needs to build its new community and aquatics center.

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