A $50,000 grant will help revive the coffers of Mohawk Ambulance.
The Schenectady-based ambulance service has received a Main Street Revitalization Program grant from National Grid to cover a portion of its expenses to renovate its new Glenville substation at 176 Freemans Bridge Road.
The building, which formerly housed a beauty salon, was renovated last year into a two-bay station with space for four ambulances. There are also bunk rooms, a small training room for eight to 10 people, office space and bathrooms.
The town of Glenville applied for the grant on behalf of Mohawk Ambulance. Supervisor Chris Koetzle said this grant program is designed to revitalize main street or commercial corridors.
Requirements are that the grant could fund no more than 50 percent of the cost to renovate a vacant commercial property with energy efficient features, and the money had to be matched by the recipient dollar for dollar.
Mohawk Ambulance had purchased the building at auction for $364,000 and then spent another $141,555 to renovate it, according to Koetzle.
The money was delivered in late December. “They went ahead and did the work and had to sit around and wait for the check,” he said.
Koetzle said he is grateful for the grant award. The town had previously applied for and received a $50,000 Main Street grant that went toward Mohawk Honda’s renovations to the former Salisbury Chevrolet — just across the road.
“This was all part of our initiative to try to fill these spots,” he said. “We knew we had to go out and secure this money.”
Mohawk Ambulance already had facilities off State Street in Schenectady, Central Avenue and Quail Street in Albany and on River Street and Brick Church Road in Troy. Ambulance officials were prompted to add the Glenville location because they said they received about 2,800 calls a year in the town and that number was on the rise. They previously estimated that they could shave three to four minutes off their response time at the new location.
Ambulance Vice President James McPartlon could not be reached for comment. However, company spokesman Mike Bohne said a formal event is being planned to celebrate the awarding of this grant.