Revitalizing Downtown: Proposals and projects are in, what and who will be funded?

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Watertown Mayor Joseph Butler looks at a slide showcasing a potential parking garage located on Franklin Street.

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Looking Downtown: Revitalizing Watertown’s public square

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August 2016 Feature Story: Community Clinic of Jefferson County

Celebrating a milestone

Jennifer Earl is director of clinical operations at the Community Clinic of Jefferson County, an affiliate of the Children’s Home of Jefferson County. The clinic marks its fifth anniversary this year. Photo by Justin Sorensen, NNY Business.

Jennifer Earl is director of clinical operations at the Community Clinic of Jefferson County, an affiliate of the Children’s Home of Jefferson County. The clinic marks its fifth anniversary this year. Photo by Justin Sorensen, NNY Business.

Community Clinic of Jefferson County marks its fifth year

By Joleene Moody, NNY Business

When Mercy Behavioral Health and Wellness closed its doors as a mental health provider in June 2011, officials blamed poor Medicaid reimbursement as the culprit. The shuttered clinic left a gaping hole in the community for severely mentally ill patients. So when the Community Services Board in Watertown opened a bid for proposals for a county entity to acquire the operation, the Children’s Home of Jefferson County applied. They were humbly selected. [Read more…]

Developers, city to apply for $950,000 for Lincoln Building

The owners of the Lincoln Building intend to seek up to $950,000 in state funding to kick start the next phase of renovations to the Public Square landmark. Photo by Justin Sorensen, Watertown Daily Times.

The owners of the Lincoln Building intend to seek up to $950,000 in state funding to kick start the next phase of renovations to the Public Square landmark. Photo by Justin Sorensen, Watertown Daily Times.

The owners of the Lincoln Building intend to seek up to $950,000 in state funding to kick start the next phase of renovations to the Public Square landmark. [Read more…]

Community shows enthusiasm for city’s downtown revitalization application

Mayor Joseph M. Butler Jr. speaks at a rally for the $10 million downtown initiative competition that Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo is holding. Photo by Amanda Morrison, Watertown Daily Times.

Mayor Joseph M. Butler Jr. speaks at a rally for the $10 million downtown initiative competition that Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo is holding. Photo by Amanda Morrison, Watertown Daily Times.

Mayor Joseph M. Butler Jr. called for the crowd to make noise on Thursday at a pep rally to show support for the city’s efforts to win a $10 million award from the state. [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…]

Murray acquires three more downtown properties

Brian Murray purchased 505 Washington St. in 2014 through a bank foreclosure. He has now purchased adjacent buildings at 513 and 531 Washington St. Photo by Amanda Morrison, Watertown Daily Times.

Brian Murray purchased 505 Washington St. in 2014 through a bank foreclosure. He has now purchased adjacent buildings at 513 and 531 Washington St. Photo by Amanda Morrison, Watertown Daily Times.

Local real estate developer Brian H. Murray has completed another property acquisition with the purchase of the four-story Rouse Building at 531 Washington St. [Read more…]

Retiring city planner helped Watertown grow in his 30 years

Watertown City Planning and Community Development Coordinator Kenneth A. Mix retired Wednesday after 30 years of service. Photo by Amanda Morrison, Watertown Daily Times.

Watertown City Planning and Community Development Coordinator Kenneth A. Mix retired Wednesday after 30 years of service. Photo by Amanda Morrison, Watertown Daily Times.

Kenneth A. Mix now knows what happens to rubber bands after they’ve been lost in a desk for 30 years.

Mr. Mix, 55, the city’s planning and community development coordinator, learned they become brittle and fall apart, something he discovered while cleaning out his desk in his City Hall office while preparing to retire on Wednesday. [Read more…]

Watertown Trust approves incentive program for downtown business district

The downtown business district will be getting another shot in the arm from the Watertown Local Development Corp. [Read more…]

February 2016 Business History: Carriage Industry

Carriage sent to pasture

Watertown Daily Times file photo.

Watertown Daily Times file photo.

Auto fueled death of ‘buggies’ at turn of 20th century

The appearance of the automobile in Watertown in 1909 marked the beginning of the end for the once-flourishing carriage industry and the horse and buggy days. [Read more…]