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…]

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…]

DANC launches regional program to restore blighted homes

Launched by the Development Authority of the North Country with $1 million in state funding, a new housing program will offer aid to rehabilitate old homes across Jefferson, Lewis and St. Lawrence counties. [Read more…]

February 2016 Cover Story: Auto Industry

North Country’s Auto Industry Rolls with Change

Construction continues on the interior of F.X. Caprara Honda off interstate 81 at Bradley Street in Watertown. The dealership is on schedule to open to customers in April, marking the return of a Honda franchise to the north country after the former DealMaker Honda closed its doors in 2010. Photo by Amanda Morrison, NNY Business.

Construction continues on the interior of F.X. Caprara Honda off interstate 81 at Bradley Street in Watertown. The dealership is on schedule to open to customers in April, marking the return of a Honda franchise to the north country after the former DealMaker Honda closed its doors in 2010. Photo by Amanda Morrison, NNY Business.

With Honda franchise set to open after years-long hiatus, dealerships across the north country invest in growth

By Joleene Moody, NNY Business

Traveling south on Interstate 81 from the north country to Syracuse, one can’t miss the F.X. Caprara car complex just south of the Pulaski exit. Less than two years old, the campus is the Caprara family’s largest dealership to date. It’s not their first family-owned dealership and it won’t be their last. Charlie Caprara, president of F.X. Caprara Chevrolet Buick and Ford in Pulaski is proud to add a shiny, new Honda franchise to the portfolio of auto dealerships. [Read more…]

January 2016: What’s Happening Here?

F.X. Caprara Honda

With infrastructure work completed to give tenants access to utilities, the 88-acre corporate park recently achieved “shovel ready” status from Empire State Development. Park owner Purcell Construction Corp., Watertown, invested about $450,000 in design and infrastructure work to make water and sewer lines accessible at the site, ESD said in a news release. The site’s “shovel ready” certification means it meets utility requirements for businesses to move in. Purcell received a $125,000 grant from National Grid’s Shovel Ready Infrastructure program to help complete preparation work at the site, which has railroad access and space for about 20 businesses. Photo by Justin Sorensen, NNY Business.

With infrastructure work completed to give tenants access to utilities, the 88-acre corporate park recently achieved “shovel ready” status from Empire State Development. Photo by Justin Sorensen, NNY Business.

What: F.X. Caprara Honda dealership

Location: Outer Bradley Street corporate park, town of Pamelia. The Honda dealership is adjacent to the Exit 47 interchange off I-81 at the northern end of the park.

Owner: F.X. Caprara Car Cos. Co-owner Charles G. Caprara has been named to manage the Honda franchise

Developer: D.C. Building Systems

Site prep: Purcell Construction Corp.

Opening: April 1

Features: In addition to a state-of-the-art showroom, the 30,000-square-foot dealership includes a service center with 13 vehicle bays. The lot contains 421 parking spaces for inventory and customers. “We’re going to try to land 400 cars for opening day,” Mr. Caprara said. “I want color choices and every bit of available product.” The main entrance/exit is on Bradley Street for the dealership, which will be the only Honda franchise in Jefferson, Lewis and St. Lawrence counties.

Local jobs: 60 full-time employees upon completion; several dozen construction jobs

Job fair: A job fair for open positions will be held from 10:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Feb. 9 at The Workplace employment agency, 1000 Coffeen St. Job openings will soon be available for a variety of sales, service and administrative positions.

— Ken Eysaman, compiled from Watertown Daily Times staff reports.