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The Post-Star
November 24, 2006
Fort Edward Earns State Grant

FORT EDWARD-East Street will get a new look, thanks to a $245,000 state grant.

The Village street will soon have fresh sidewalks, period street lighting and clear new signs to improve pedestrian access between the historic train station, through downtown to the yacht basin.

“I’m really excited to get this grant because it accomplishes several major objectives in our recently completed village master plan,” trustee Darlene DeVoe wrote in an email.

Sidewalks are currently dilapidated, ill-lit and unsafe, said village Mayor Matt Traver. The project, which will install 3,550 feet of new walkways, will complement the state’s ongoing Route 4 corridor improvement project.

Village officials obtained the state Transportation Enhancement Program grant with the assistance of Jim Thatcher at Avalon Associates, a planning firm.

Downtown shops and homes could also get a facelift because of a $400,000 Small Cities Community Development Block Grant awarded last year. Residents and property owners can still apply for a share of that money to repair or improve downtown properties. For more information call 747-4023. Click here for printable version.

The Post Star, Saturday June 5, 2004
City seeks brownfields designation
Matching funds would be needed

By Maury Thompson

GLENS FALLS - City officials are seeking a special state designation that could steer significant funding to rehabilitate abandoned buildings and industrial sites.

Areas designated a "Brownfield Opportunity Area" will receive preferential treatment in state programs that provide grants for cleaning up environmental contamination and redeveloping abandoned buildings, said Jim Thatcher of Avalon Associates, Inc., a consultant to the city.

A brownfield is a former industrial site that is suspected to contain environmental contamination at a level not serious enough to be designated a Superfund site... More

The Post Star, Friday October 17, 2003
Grants help fix up Fort Edward homes
By Konrad Marshall

FORT EDWARD - Village homes and apartments in dire need of repairs are eligible to receive face-lifts through next year thanks to two new grants.

Mayor Edward Ryan announced last week that the village has been awarded a $400,000 HOME grant from the New York State Housing Trust Fund Corp. and a $350,000 Small Cities Community Development Block Grant from the governor's Office for Small Cities. The new grants will provide funding for the rehabilitation of nearly 45 owner-occupied homes and rental apartments throughout the village... More

The Post Star, Wednesday October 1, 2003
City seeking cleanup help
Elm Street incubator building is
one of three considered

By Maury Thompson

GLENS FALLS - The city is seeking state funding to clean up environmental contamination at an Elm Street warehouse that officials hope to convert into a hub for fledgling technology-related businesses.

Jim Thatcher, a consultant to the city, said small communities like Glens Falls can benefit from a recent state law that reduces the local matching-fund requirement on environmental cleanup grants from 25 percent to just 10 percent... More

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