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The Canton Merchants Association hopes to put more retail shops and eateries on Main Street. Photo: <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/29781788@N00/8687082133/">wabisabi2015</a>, Creative Commons, some rights reserved
The Canton Merchants Association hopes to put more retail shops and eateries on Main Street. Photo: wabisabi2015, Creative Commons, some rights reserved

Merchants to give downtown Canton a new spark

There's something missing on Main Street in Canton: it doesn't feel "downtown" enough. That's the concern among some local business owners in the village.

So a handful of them teamed up to form the Canton Merchants Association.  Go to full article

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Are North Country zoning rules promoting sprawl?

What if we're accidentally ruining our small towns in the North Country?

What if, with the best intentions, we've adopted planning and zoning rules that are actually making neighborhoods and downtowns less appealing, less liveable?

Randall Arendt is a conservation design planner and author of a series of books about rural development who will speak this week at a conference in the Adirondacks.

Arendt says from the Adirondack Park Agency right down to local zoning boards, people in the North Country have adopted ideas that don't fit our small towns.

Arendt spoke recently with Brian Mann.  Go to full article
The Adirondack Park Agency announced its approval of the plan at a meeting Thursday.
The Adirondack Park Agency announced its approval of the plan at a meeting Thursday.

APA approves 1,300 acre subdivision near Hurricane Wilderness

The Adirondack Park Agency approved a new 1,300 acre subdivision Thursday in an area that borders the Hurricane Mountain Wilderness. The proposed development could eventually mean construction of 27 new homes.

The APA approved the project despite the fact that developers didn't include a plan to protect views and open space on the parcel, which is considered some of the most iconic farmland in the Adirondacks.

But state officials did include a provision that will require more planning before most of the homes were built.  Go to full article
Proposed site plan for waterfront hotel development in Clayton. Source: Town of Clayton website
Proposed site plan for waterfront hotel development in Clayton. Source: Town of Clayton website

Clayton hopes for riverfront transformation

People in the Thousand Islands village of Clayton are watching several projects that could transform an abandoned waterfront industrial site into a new community hub.

The site used to be home to Frink America, a snowplow manufacturer and a major employer in the small town. Before that, it was the village train station, where Golden Age vacationers would arrive to be ferried to luxury hotels on nearby islands.

The grand plan now in the works includes new docks, a pavilion, and a multi-story hotel. Joanna Richards has more.  Go to full article

Watertown officials fret over fate of downtown development project

Watertown has been excited about the possibility of a new future for the city's landmark Woolworth building for several years. The historic downtown building is on the site of the dry goods store where F.W. Woolworth began his retail career.

In 1921, after launching his five-and-dime empire, Woolworth demolished the old store and built his imposing new headquarters. But as the five and dime empire went, so went the building. It's been vacant for years.

A new owner purchased the building several years ago, now city officials worry the redevelopment plans may be in jeopardy. Joanna Richards has the story.  Go to full article
The challenge was to pull together people...to work as a team.

What's next for the regional economic councils?

Earlier this month, Governor Cuomo handed out nearly $800-million through his newly created regional economic councils. WMHT's Marie Cusick reports for the Innovation Trail about what comes next.  Go to full article
In a place like Long Lake, [creating] 2 or 3 new jobs is as important...as 100 new jobs is in a lot of other communities.

North Country Regional Economic Development Council public meetings begin tonight

The North Country Regional Economic Council will hold the first of three public meetings tonight in Plattsburgh. Next, on Wednesday, it will meet in Tupper Lake, then in Watertown the following Monday.

The council is one of ten that will compete for a piece of the state's $200 million economic
development fund. Four regions will get $40 million--others will get less.

At the meetings, council members will explain how the process works, and open the floor to peoples' suggestions on what the North Country should be doing to grow its economy and create jobs.  Go to full article
Lieutenant Governor Robert J. Duffy at the meeting
Lieutenant Governor Robert J. Duffy at the meeting

Economic Development Council has first meeting

Lieutenant Governor Robert Duffy this morning led the inaugural meeting of the North Country Regional Economic Development Council, at SUNY Potsdam. It wasn't open to the public...but Duffy has said future meetings will be.

Governor Andrew Cuomo announced the North Country Regional Council just last week. It's among ten created around the state.  Go to full article
Last week's ACR hearing was held in the Tupper Lake train depot (Photo:  Brian Mann)
Last week's ACR hearing was held in the Tupper Lake train depot (Photo: Brian Mann)

Experts debate viability, business plan of proposed Big Tupper resort

In Tupper Lake, the latest round of hearings into the proposed Adirondack Club and Resort has been focusing on economic questions about the project. Developers Michael Foxman and Tom Lawson hope to build hundreds of condos and mansions, along with a new ski area, marina, equestrian center and other amenities. The price tag for the project is roughly $500 million.

Some business leaders in the village say they're satisfied that the company has laid out a realistic plan for building the expansive resort. But some resort experts, state officials, and local government leaders in Tupper Lake say they still have questions about how the project will be financed and how enough buyers will be found for the new homes. Brian Mann has our story.  Go to full article

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