Caprara Honda holds grand opening ceremony

Bill and Jan Cratsenberg look at cars in the showroom of the new F.X. Caprara Honda dealership during grand opening ceremonies Thursday afternoon in Watertown. Photo by Stephen Swofford, Watertown Daily Times.

Bill and Jan Cratsenberg look at cars in the showroom of the new F.X. Caprara Honda dealership during grand opening ceremonies Thursday afternoon in Watertown. Photo by Stephen Swofford, Watertown Daily Times.

The newly opened F.X. Caprara Honda dealership on outer Bradley Street held its grand opening and ribbon-cutting event throughout the day Thursday. [Read more…]

May 2016 Cover Story: Economic Development

Securing a stronger future for the north country

COR Development’s Mercy Health Center Redevelopment project is set to begin its first phase of construction this summer on 30,000 square feet of commercial space and 108 apartments. Overall, the project will house 168 units and a community center on the grounds of the former Mercy Hospital in Watertown. Photo by Stephen Swofford, NNY Business.

COR Development’s Mercy Health Center Redevelopment project is set to begin its first phase of construction this summer on 30,000 square feet of commercial space and 108 apartments. Overall, the project will house 168 units and a community center on the grounds of the former Mercy Hospital in Watertown. Photo by Stephen Swofford, NNY Business.

Despite workforce challenges, regional economic development continues to power positive growth across Northern New York

By Karee Magee, NNY Business

A rural and historically challenged region where economic development was often stagnant, the Great Recession dealt a significant blow to New York’s north country as its counties saw a spike in unemployment and manufacturing jobs disappear, including about 600 from Jefferson County alone. [Read more…]

Schumer urges USDA to help Watertown company with permit

Courtney Schermerhorn, site manager for Midway International Logistics, gives the Times a tour of the facility Friday. Bureaucratic red tape has caused the company to lose a $1.75 million contract to import meat from Canada. Photo by Justin Sorensen, Watertown Daily Times.

Courtney Schermerhorn, site manager for Midway International Logistics, gives the Times a tour of the facility Friday. Bureaucratic red tape has caused the company to lose a $1.75 million contract to import meat from Canada. Photo by Justin Sorensen, Watertown Daily Times.

U.S. Sen. Charles E. Schumer has stepped in to help a local company get through bureaucratic red tape to receive a federal permit to import meat from Canada. [Read more…]

F.X. Caprara Honda is now open on Bradley Street

Employees and customers take to the showroom at the new F.X. Caprara Honda dealership, which opened Monday on Bradley Street, just off Interstate 81. Photo by Justin Sorensen, Watertown Daily Times.

Employees and customers take to the showroom at the new F.X. Caprara Honda dealership, which opened Monday on Bradley Street, just off Interstate 81. Photo by Justin Sorensen, Watertown Daily Times.

They say nothing beats that new car smell, and the newly-opened F.X. Caprara Honda dealership on outer Bradley Street is ripe with it. [Read more…]

Plan for Honda dealership takes 90 degree turn toward I-81

Andrew R. Nevin, senior planner for the Jefferson County Planning Department, reviewed a site plan Tuesday for F.X. Caprara’s Honda dealership proposed at the corporate park off Bradley Street during the Planning Board meeting in the village of Clayton. Ted Booker / NNY Business

Andrew R. Nevin, senior planner for the Jefferson County Planning Department, reviewed a site plan Tuesday for F.X. Caprara’s Honda dealership proposed at the corporate park off Bradley Street during the Planning Board meeting in the village of Clayton. Ted Booker / NNY Business

The Honda dealership planned at the Bradley Street corporate park is expected to take a 90-degree turn, according to a site plan presented Tuesday during the Jefferson County Planning Board’s meeting at the town’s headquarters in the Clayton Opera House.

The 30,000-square-foot building would face Interstate 81, not Bradley Street, according to a last-minute change sought by F.X. Caprara Auto Sales, said Michael B. Lasell, owner of MBL Engineering of Sandy Creek. Mr. Lasell said during the meeting that F.X. Caprara hopes the change, which was made to attract more traffic from I-81 to the business off Bradley Street, will receive final approval Sept. 3 from the town of Pamelia Planning Board. The County Planning Board voted to recommend the site plan for approval after hearing a report about the dealership, which would be built next to the Exit 47 interchange off I-81 at the northern end of the corporate park planned in the town of Pamelia by Purcell Construction Co., Watertown.

“The owner is looking to rotate the building 90 degrees,” Mr. Lasell said, referring to Charles G. Caprara, co-owner of the F.X. Caprara franchise. “It’s a change we want to move forward with at the next town meeting, assuming they won’t require another public hearing and meeting.”

If the Pamelia Planning Board approves the site plan, F.X. Caprara will need only a 30-day traffic impact study to be completed by the state Department of Transportation for the project to move ahead, Mr. Lasell said. Obtaining that approval would allow Purcell to start building water and sewer lines to the parcel this fall, he said. F.X. Caprara will accept bids from contractors this fall for the construction of the building. It plans to open the dealership in March. [Read more…]