Lowville officials reflect on ever-changing infrastructure project plans

It started last summer as a $12 million project to upgrade five primary village streets and replace utility pipes. [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…]

June 2015 What’s Happening Here: Longhorn Steakhouse

Longhorn Steakhouse

Crews work on the retaining wall at the front of the site for the LongHorn Steakhouse that will open this fall between Olive Garden and Red Lobster off Arsenal Street in Watertown. Photo by Ted Booker, NNY Business.

Crews work on the retaining wall at the front of the site for the LongHorn Steakhouse that will open this fall between Olive Garden and Red Lobster off Arsenal Street in Watertown. Photo by Ted Booker, NNY Business.

What: Full-service national franchise restaurant. [Read more…]

February 2015: Business Briefcase

GYMO changes structure

Based on legislative changes finalized in 2012, Watertown-based GYMO, Architecture, Engineering and Land Surveying’s business status has changed, resulting in a shift in corporate business designation to GYMO, Architecture, Engineering and Land Surveying, D.P.C., or Design Professional Corp.

This state-authorized change allows non-licensed staff to have the opportunity to participate in ownership of the firm, which previously was only available to New York-licensed professionals. [Read more…]

What’s Happening Here?

Construction on the Northern Federal Credit Union branch in LeRay in front of the Walmart Supercenter is slated for completion this spring. Leah Buletti/NNY Business

Construction on the Northern Federal Credit Union branch in LeRay in front of the Walmart Supercenter is slated for completion this spring. Leah Buletti/NNY Business

Northern Credit Union LeRay Branch

What: Northern CU’s seventh branch, broke ground Monday, Aug. 26. Other Northern CU branches are in Gouverneur, Lowville, Adams, West Carthage and two in Watertown. The LeeRay branch will feature a self-service area with ATMs and an automatic coin counter, three SMART offices where members can speak with loan officers through video chat, four drive-through lanes with ATM and SMART technology and tablet-equipped waiting areas to expedite service.

Location: Route 11, in front of the Evans Mills Walmart

Completion: February/March 2014

Declared value: $2.5 million

Architect: GYMO Architecture, Engineering and Land Surveying, Watertown

General contractor: Hueber-Breuer Construction Company, Syracuse; Louis Box, Sandy Creek, is project manager and Scott Phelps, Dexter, is superintendent.

Local jobs: Four new full-time positions at the branch, in addition to numerous construction jobs for six months.

What’s happening here?

Excavation work continues at the former Bomax site by outer Coffeen Street where a new Nice N Easy convenience store is being constructed. Norm Johnston/ NNY Business

What: Nice N Easy Grocery Shoppes convenience store with 16-dispenser fuel canopy and drive-through window.

Where: Former Bomax site on Route 12F, outer Coffeen Street at Salmon Run Mall Road across from Jefferson County Industrial Park.

Owner: Valentine Stores Inc. Brothers Edward J. and John P. Valentine, who own about a dozen in the region, including one just a mile down the road at 19853 Route 12F in the town of Hounsfield. In March, the brothers told town officials that they hoped to target mall traffic, Canadian shoppers and Interstate 81 travelers.

Size: 5,808-square-feet

Architecture & Design: GYMO Architecture, Engineering & Land Surveying, Watertown.

Real Estate: Zircon Development LLC, a development company associated with Valentine Stores Inc., purchased a 0.459 acre property for $1,050,000 from Prime LLC and a 1.29 acre property for $350,000 from Toped Management Services Inc., both owned by Alexandria Bay developer P.J. Simao, for the development of the convenience store and gas station. The property is part of the former site of Bomax Inc., a manufacturer of small motors, which closed operations in 2004.

Completion: Several months, though no opening date has been announced. Site preparation began July 8.

Local jobs: More than a dozen construction jobs; several local contracting companies for construction. Nearly a dozen full- and part-time hourly and store management jobs once operational.

Hours: 24 hours a day, seven days a week.