Stefanik Announces NBRC Grant for Wastewater Infrastructure and Economic Development for Warren and Washington IDA

August 20, 2020
Press Release

Washington, D.C. Congresswoman Elise Stefanik has announced that the Warren and Washington Industrial Development Industry (IDA) will receive $600,000 in Northern Border Regional Commission (NBRC) grant funding. This project will replace a temporary bridge on an access road to an existing industrial park and provide engineering to expand the municipal wastewater system to create capacity to improve park marketability. The outputs will include 80 acres of developable land opened, 2 miles of access road constructed, and 12-36 developable sites, with the potential for $18M in private investment.

Congresswoman Stefanik has worked to expand availability of NBRC grants throughout NY-21, and she works to secure funding for it each year in the House Appropriations process. Congresswoman Stefanik also wrote and submitted a letter of support for this specific project.

“I’m proud to announce this significant NBRC grant funding for the Warren and Washington IDA,” said Congresswoman Stefanik. “This grant will restore a bridge and expand the wastewater system to improve an existing industrial park. I worked to secure this funding by advocating for expanding availability of NBRC grant funding in our region, and I’m proud to deliver this result to my constituents.”

"More than ever, we need to make sure that our infrastructure at key sites, like the Fort Edward Canal Industrial Park, are modernized,” said Michael Bittel, Secretary & Treasurer, Warren-Washington County IDA – President & CEO, Adirondack Regional Chamber of Commerce. “Thank you to Congresswoman Stefanik for advocating for funding to help us upgrade our Park's ability to attract more jobs and a higher tax base for our region."

“The assets left by GE at the conclusion of the sediment processing project make this a unique property with multiple rail spurs, canal access, two large buildings as well as its own electrical substation provides opportunity for a variety of different businesses,” said Dave O’Brien, Chair, Warren-Washington County IDA – Supervisor, Town of Hampton. “With the Warren-Washington IDA consolidating ownership of the access Road from 196 to the facility and obtaining funding to replace the Maybe bridge we will have a viable area to attract economic development and employment to Fort Edward and Washington County.”

 

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