The Mohawk Valley Regional Economic Development Council is looking to receive state aid for several proposed projects in Schoharie County that would boost the area’s agriculture industry and help rebuild after Tropical Storm Irene.
The council has endorsed priority projects it believes deserve funding from the state to spur economic development in rural Fulton and Schoharie counties. Many proposals are focused on rebuilding after the storm and taking advantage of the area’s waterfront properties.
Middleburgh was hit hard with flooding from Tropical Storm Irene in 2011. Many stores on Main Street sustained significant damage, and the area is still working to rebuild three years later.
An empty lot in the village is slated for construction of a new mixed-use development totaling $2.5 million. Plans include erecting a 16,000-square-foot building to accommodate up to five new businesses and eight apartment units.
Middleburgh is requesting $506,500 in funding as part of this year’s regional economic development council awards. Construction of the project — called the Rose Building Project — has the potential to create nine jobs, with up to 18 new jobs generated by businesses that move in.
The council points to the project as a way to attract new business and create employment opportunities. The council's co-chairs are Lawrence Gilroy, president of Gilroy, Kernan & Gilroy Inc., and Robert Geer, senior vice president and chief operating officer of the recently merged College of Nanoscale Science and Engineering in Albany and SUNY Institute of Technology in Utica — now called SUNY Polytechnic Institute.
In Richmondville, the Middleburgh Telephone Company is planning a $4 million broadband project and looking to receive $806,700 in state aid. The goal of the initiative is to provide voice, cable television and broadband services to residents and businesses.
There are no existing broadband providers in the area, according to the company’s application. The project is expected to take up to 24 months and would add another option for homeowners, aside from satellite service.
SUNY Cobleskill is pitching a $1.4 million Dairy Processing Center that would house equipment for milk processing and bottling, ice cream manufacturing, yogurt making and cheese making. The college is requesting $272,839 to build the 3,000-square-foot center, which would also include classroom and office space. The project is expected to create or retain 28 jobs.
“The project will address the critical need in the northeast for qualified technicians and managers in the food/dairy processing sector and lack of access to processing infrastructure for dairy producers,” the application states.
Fulton County is asking for $650,000 in state funding for a new water tank and water pump station, as well as larger wastewater pumps, for the former Tryon Juvenile Detention Facility, which it hopes to develop into a business park. The project’s price tag is $1 million.
“Due to its location between the Marcy Nanocenter and SUNYIT in Oneida County, GlobalFoundries in Malta, and the College of Nanoscale Science and Engineering in Albany, this site has the potential to serve as a home for businesses looking to serve these economic anchors,” the application states.
In the fourth round of the state’s regional economic development council awards, the Mohawk Valley will be competing against the state's nine other regions for a portion of up to $750 million in state aid.