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Village of Herkimer receives $173,250 in grant funds for brownfield project

Posted 1/4/23

The New York State Department of State has awarded the village of Herkimer $173,250 to complete the village’s Brownfield Opportunity Area plan.

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Village of Herkimer receives $173,250 in grant funds for brownfield project

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HERKIMER — The New York State Department of State has awarded the village of Herkimer $173,250 to complete the village’s Brownfield Opportunity Area (BOA) plan. The village intends to complete a BOA plan for a 32-acre area along its Main Street corridor, to address blight, safety, and aesthetics of structures, a weak economy and low employment, and poor community engagement, according to an announcement Tuesday.

“The village of Herkimer has a strong municipal system and administrators that are dedicated to the completion of the BOA Plan and revitalizing the village’s downtown,” said Herkimer Mayor Dana Sherry. “The project will benefit from a partnership with the Herkimer County IDA that is directly supporting the village’s pursuit of the project.”

Objectives to be achieved include:

  • Determining the best use for blighted/potential brownfield areas;
  • Identifying public/private partnership opportunities;
  • Expansion of economic activity; and
  • Increased community engagement.

The proposed project will give the village an opportunity to strategically analyze the economic potential in its downtown corridor, the announcement said, adding collaboration with the community as well as public and private partners and stakeholders will ensure that the BOA is geared toward a commitment to sustainability in the downtown center.

“This award, in conjunction with our EPA Brownfield Assessment Grant, will allow us to double our resources and help us to complete this plan” said the HCIDA’s CEO John J. Piseck Jr.

Anticipated community benefits include:

  • The identification of strategic opportunities for redevelopment;
  • Expansion of economic activity;
  • Identification of private partners and available public funds to leverage investment; and
  • Increased community support of revitalization efforts and property rehabilitation.

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