North Country Downtown Development Builds New Opportunity

 

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Gary Beasley, director of Neighbors of Watertown, explains the layout and reconstruction of the commercial space in the former Empsall’s Building.

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May 2015 Cover Story: Growth and Revitalization

Rising from the past for a better future

Mark Pelletier, project manager for COR Development, Fayetteville, stands atop the rubble of the former Mercy Hospital site. COR began an aggressive $65 million to $75 million redevelopment of the site in 2014. The project is on track for completion in 2016 or 2017. The finished product is slated to have 40,000 square feet of retail and office space and 160 to 200 apartments. COR plans to build the apartments first, with the commercial space to follow. Photo by Justin Sorensen, NNY Business.

Mark Pelletier, project manager for COR Development, Fayetteville, stands atop the rubble of the former Mercy Hospital site. COR began an aggressive $65 million to $75 million redevelopment of the site in 2014. The project is on track for completion in 2016 or 2017. The finished product is slated to have 40,000 square feet of retail and office space and 160 to 200 apartments. COR plans to build the apartments first, with the commercial space to follow. Photo by Justin Sorensen, NNY Business.

From Massena to Watertown, Ogdensburg to Lowville, efforts to revitalize urban centers take hold as public and private investment tops $250 million. Those involved say the north country is finally on a much brighter path since the 2008 recession battered the region.

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Developer plans 360-unit apartment complex in LeRay near Fort Drum

A Michigan developer with an affinity for military housing projects plans to build a 360-unit apartment complex on Route 11 in the town of LeRay, in Fort Drum’s backyard.

To be called LeRay Place Apartments, the development is proposed on a 51-acre parcel to be purchased from owner Robert P. Gillespie about a half-mile south of Route 342 on the west side of Route 11. [Read more…]

Beaver Meadows Apartments to open at Towne Center Plaza on Memorial Day weekend

Construction workers wrap up for the day Friday at one of the Beaver Meadows apartment units behind Target. Photo by Justin Sorensen/Watertown Daily Times.

Memorial Day weekend will mark the grand opening of the first of seven four-story apartment buildings at Beaver Meadows Apartments behind the Target store off outer Arsenal Street in the Towne Center Plaza.

That 40-unit building — almost fully spoken for with tenants who already have signed leases — is part of the 296-unit project being completed by COR Development Co., Fayetteville. Three more apartment buildings will open in June, July and August, while the final three should be done by November. [Read more…]

What’s happening here?

A bulldozer smooths stone last month while laying the foundation of the expansion for North Country Neurology on Washington Street in Watertown. The $1.2 million project is expected to be complete in late spring. Photo by Amanda Morrison/NNY Business.

North Country Neurology expansion

Location: 1340 Washington St., Watertown

Size: Approximately 6,400 square feet

Cost: $1.2 million

Design/build: LUNCO Corp., Carthage

Estimated completion: Spring 2013

Local jobs: About a dozen construction jobs; two new neurologists will join the practice in July, following the completion of the expansion.

Autozone store is first business planned for LeRay retail hub off Route 11

The LeRay Planning Board reviewed Thursday a site plan proposed by a Carthage developer to build an AutoZone store on Route 11, the first step of a long-term plan to transform the property into a retail hub.

If the Planning Board OKs the proposal made by Lundy Development and Property Management, a 7,380-square-foot AutoZone will be built to the north of Freedom Plaza on the west side of the highway. Owner Michael L. Lundy, who owns 15 acres that extend to the north of the property for commercial development, hopes to have the project approved by the town in March. His construction company, Lunco. Corp., then would break ground in early spring and seek to finish the project by August. [Read more…]

JCIDA marketing council mulls ways to recruit Canadian businesses

A 2013 marketing campaign aimed at enticing Canadian businesses to launch locations here was discussed Thursday by members of the marketing council for the Jefferson County Industrial Development Agency.

Planned action includes creating a website with resources for Canadian businesses interested in relocating here, hosting workshops for Canadian businesses and launching a cross-border advertising campaign to promote the agency in Canada.

“We’re really seeing what we can now do to promote cross-border commerce,” said JCIDA Deputy CEO David J. Zembiec. “We’re targeting businesses in Canada that may want a U.S. presence, and also for the U.S. market to find opportunities there. We’re only a two-hour driving distance away.”

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Clayton group shares its vision for a $15 million hotel on Frink

Architect's rendering of a proposed hotel/condominium on the Frink site in Clayton.

CLAYTON — It’s a hard deal to pass up. Clayton Associates LP members reiterated Wednesday that they do not require grant money or a payment-in-lieu-of-taxes agreement to build a high-end, $15 million hotel/condominium at the edge of the picturesque St. Lawrence River.

They met with local officials — who will on Nov. 30 pick a developer for the Frink site, a former brownfield property — earlier that day and presented detailed designs and renderings of a proposed four-story facility facing the water.

The group’s members, all of whom are local residents, said they have not only the talent, resources and enthusiasm but also a deep love for Clayton and a vested interest in the community to make sure their business model is a sustainable one.

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California developer hopes to have 150-unit complex started by spring

PHILADELPHIA — The largest school district in the north country may have more than 200 more students from a new housing complex by next December.

At Thursday’s Indian River Central Board of Education meeting, Business Manager James R. Koch said Fidelity American Holdings Corp., Laguna Niguel, Calif., wants to break ground on a 150-unit apartment complex by spring.

The board discussed the possibility of renovating or adding another school building to address the enrollment challenge.

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