Oswego County receiving nearly $600,000 for brownfield development

Oswego County is receiving $597,540 in state money to complete a strategic plan for the Oswego Canal Corridor.

The plan includes the Oswego River, the Oswego Canal and Lake Ontario. This strategy will foster redevelopment on strategic sites for mixed use development, professional offices, niche retail/service, hotels, housing, public waterfront amenities and open space.

This was part of a $10 million announcement Gov. Andrew Cuomo made Thursday for the cleanup and development of brownfields in the state. Brownfields are dormant properties where the presence or potential presence of contamination has impeded site redevelopment, turning the properties into economic and environmental drains on localities.

These grants provide money to help municipalities implement revitalization strategies that are necessary in order to redevelop impacted sites. Once redeveloped, brownfield sites become community assets that can attract businesses, jobs, and ultimately expand the local tax base.

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