Montgomery County Executive Matt Ossenfort announced Wednesday that the county received a $300,000 grant from National Grid to assist efforts in redeveloping the Beech-Nut site in the village of Canajoharie.
Ossenfort said in a press release that the funds will be used to help demolish several buildings and bridges on the eastern half of the 26-acre site.
The county’s Industrial Development Agency applied for a grant from National Grid’s Brownfield Redevelopment Program and was awarded $300,000 by the company. The Brownfield Redevelopment program provides grants to fund utility-related infrastructure improvement projects and other costs necessary to aid in the redevelopment of a brownfield site.
The county has been pushing redevelopment efforts at the Beech-Nut site since last summer, when officials announced their pursuit of nearly $1 million in state and federal grant money to redevelop the site. The village of Canajoharie recently filed a motion in State Supreme Court to obtain access to the property on the basis that the owner, Ohio-based TD Development LLC, owes $1.7 million in back taxes.
The filing, which has yet to be ruled upon, seeks permission to access the site and demolish five buildings and three bridges on the eastern side of the site, adjacent to Exit 29 of the New York State Thruway. The eventual goal is to turn that portion of the site into shovel-ready sites for potential business tenants.
National Grid's $300,000 grant is in addition to a $500,000 grant the county was awarded two weeks ago through the state's Restore New York Communities Initiative. The county was also awarded $85,000 for the project in December through the Local Waterfront Revitalization Program.
The eastern side of the site has water and sewer hookups, and Ossenfort has previously said the county and village will be looking for a tenant whose business involves extensive use of those utilities. The eastern side will need about $1 million in total funding to get it market-ready, Ossenfort said.