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For Immediate Release:
August 3, 2012
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Secretary of State Cesar A. Perales and City of Auburn Mayor Michael Quill announce kickoff of Brownfield Redevelopment plan in Downtown and Owasco River Corridor

Secretary of State Cesar A. Perales was joined by City of Auburn Mayor Michael Quill, county and state officials to announce the kickoff of the Brownfield Redevelopment for the areas of Downtown and the Owasco River Corridor.

The Department of State awarded a $389, 338 Local Waterfront Revitalization Program grant to the City Auburn for a revitalization plan of 562-acre a Brownfield area. The grant will be used to develop a market-driven, economically feasible plan for riverfront and downtown redevelopment; to encourage cleanup and return of brownfield and vacant sites to productive economic use; and to implement key actions and strategies needed to support immediate area-wide redevelopment activities.

“The City of Auburn is to be congratulated for pushing forward with downtown revitalization and the work they are now kicking off,” stated Secretary Perales. “I’m pleased the Department of State can be a supporter in Auburn’s Downtown and Owasco River Corridor Revitalization Strategy. Redeveloping brownfields and using waterfronts as an economic stimulus are key themes to the Central New York Regional Economic Development Council’s goal of revitalizing urban cores, main streets and neighborhoods.”

“We look forward to meeting with Secretary Perales and his kickoff of the Brownfield Redevelopment Plan in Auburn” said Auburn Mayor Michael Quill. “As with all upstate cities, Brownfields are a concern and an obstacle to economic development, and any assistance that Governor Cuomo and the New York State Legislature can provide is greatly appreciated.”

Through the Brownfield Opportunity Program we work in partnership with communities across the state to provide the concentrated assistance needed to return abandoned and under-utilized parcels to productive uses, which will generate jobs and make the city a better place to live and work.


Owasco Riverfront Park      $90,000
The City prepared final designs and bid specifications for the development of the Owasco Riverfront Park.  This project enhances existing park access to the Owasco River by redeveloping the northeast portion of the downtown loop road as parkland.            

Construction of Owasco Riverfront Kayak & Anglers Park $250,000
The City of Auburn constructed a 2.13-acre segment of its planned 10-acre Owasco Riverfront Kayak and Angler's Park.  Work included clearing vegetation in Market Street Park to enhance views from downtown, construction of a pedestrian promenade on the north side of the Owasco River, and installation of a kayaking and angling park on the south side of the river.  The project furthers work developed under a previous EPF award.                                                            

Owasco Riverfront Park, Phase II  $250,000
The City of Auburn constructed Phase II of its Owasco Riverfront Kayak and Angler's Park, including a promenade along the northern Owasco River waterfront, rehabilitation of Market Street Park and two river overlook areas, and creation of fishing areas and viewing points to overlook Phase I improvements on the river's southern waterfront.  This furthers work developed under a previous EPF award.