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Glenville, Scotia applying for grants to construct pedestrian pathways

Pedestrians walk along Schonowee Avenue in Collins Park in Scotia Thursday, April 21, 2022.

Pedestrians walk along Schonowee Avenue in Collins Park in Scotia Thursday, April 21, 2022.

GLENVILLE Glenville and Scotia will seek out around $12 million in federal grant funding to cover the cost of $14.4 million in pedestrian pathways along Route 5s and Mohawk Avenue from the Western Gateway Bridge to Interstate 890 interchange. 

Glenville Supervisor Chris Koetzle said the town and village would seek out another $2 million in total in state funds as a match to the federal funding.

Both communities have already approved a memorandum of understanding regarding the undertaking. Glenville passed its agreement Wednesday during a monthly board meeting. Scotia approved its agreement April 5, said Mayor Tom Gifford. 

The agreement clarifies each municipality’s responsibilities for the project, Koetzle said. He said Glenville has engineering firm Barton & Loguidice under retainer and  would put together the grant application for the Rebuilding American Infrastructure with Sustainability and Equity grant. 

“This program helps communities fix and modernize their infrastructure, Koetzle said at the town board meeting. 

The village has been working with MJ Engineering using a $60,000 grant from the Capital District Transportation Committee to conduct a study of improvements to the Mohawk Avenue Corridor. 

The plan for the RAISE grant funding would include pedestrian pathways along the corridor as well as a pedestrian bridge at Maalwyck Park that would cross the Mohawk River over to Lock 8 in Rotterdam. The pedestrian access ways would connect people to the Erie Canal Trail and Mohawk-Hudson Bike Trail in Rotterdam, as well as provide better access between the Glenville Business & Technology Park and Maalwyck Park, according to the MOU provided by the town. 

What makes this program unique is that multiple places can work together to secure the funding, said Glenville town board member Jim Martin.

“I really hope we get it,” Martin said at the meeting. “It would be an opportunity for us to put in place some very practical and needed improvements.”

The grant would require a 20% match. That would be around $1 million from the town and $890,00 from the village, Koetzle said. However, other grants can be used toward the match. 

“If we don’t have to pay for it out of pocket, we’re happy people,” Gifford said. 

Gifford said the village is also seeking a $200,000 Brownfield Opportunity Grant, which would allow them to determine what properties are underused in the village and this grant would enable them to seek other future grants. 

Reporter Shenandoah Briere can be reached at [email protected]

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