Whitehall OKs brownfields grant application

 

The town is applying for a grant that may one day lead to the revitalization of brownfield sites within the community.

During last Wednesday’s meeting, the board passed a resolution approving Darlene Devoe from Renaissance Grants and Planning to submit a step one application for the Brownfield Opportunity Areas program. The deadline is March 29.

Under the BOA program, the New York Department of State provides financial and technical assistance to municipalities and community-based organizations for revitalization plans, implementation strategies and site assessments for areas affected by the presence of brownfield sites.

Brownfield sites are abandoned or underused industrial and commercial facilities that may be contaminated by low concentrations of hazardous waste or pollution but that have the potential to be reused once they are cleaned up.

An example site could be an abandoned gas station, such as the one at the corner of Poultney and Williams Streets. According to town officials, Whitehall has about a dozen sites that would constitute brownfields.

The BOA program is divided into three stages and communities may enter at whichever step they deem most appropriate.

Step one involves developing a prenomination study. Devoe says this step is about gathering information, identifying the different sites and what needs to be done.

“The program engages the community to decide for itself what it wants to be,” she said.

Step two, known as nomination, involves selection of a site and working with the public to determine what that site will be used for. It also includes a market analysis and identifying developers who may be interested in the site.

The third step, the implementation strategy, is the process of putting the plan into action.

DeVoe called the brownfields process “one of the best programs I’ve come across because it touches on all areas,” adding that every component of a community’s master plan is addressed.

If accepted, Whitehall could receive up to 90 percent of the total eligible project costs to complete its redevelopment and implementation strategies. The town is responsible for the remaining 10 percent.

DeVoe said Fort Edward has successfully applied for a brownfields grant and Whitehall’s application has an excellent opportunity to be accepted as well.

Officials should know by May whether their application was accepted.

The town also approved DeVoe to apply for a Local Government Efficiency grant on behalf of the town that could provide up to $400,000 for improvements to the former Skenesborough firehouse so multiple government entities could share the building. Besides the town, the building could potentially house the village, both court systems (village and court) and the police department.

The town would be responsible for 10 percent of whatever it receives.

The latter grant could actually strengthen the brownfields application since the firehouse could be considered a BOA site, DeVoe said.

Comments

comments

Read more in this week's Times in newsstands now or click here to read right now with our e-edition.

Tags: , , ,

Routes 18, 21 will be ‘much better’ when done

Roadwork

By Dan King If you’ve driven down county Route 18 or 21 recently, you know the road is under repair. […]

District close to finishing slate of projects

school (2)

By Krystle S. Morey The school is on the cusp of finishing up three major capital projects it began earlier […]

Trump, Long win Tea Party poll

20160826_113706

By Dan King It was a good week for the Republican Party at the Washington County Fair. Each election year, […]

Defending champs open at Helderberg Valley

Whitehall Football

By Dan King It’s football season, and the Whitehall Railroaders are hoping to build on the momentum from last year’s […]

Classifieds 08/31/16

North Country Freepress – 08/26/16

Lakes Classifieds – 08/26/16

Northshire Freepress – 08/26/16

Lakes Region Freepress – 08/26/16

Weekender – 08/26/16

Excitement continues at the Washington County Fair

fair go round

By Dan King and Krystle S. Morey Holy smokes! The final days of the fair are here already! The Washington […]

Shoppers’ ‘points’ can help schools get tools

art sci dog fish cut up web

By Krystle S. Morey Granville residents can earn free supplies, musical instruments and playground equipment for their school simply by […]