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…]

First phase of Lincoln Building restoration to begin soon

A fence has been installed in front of the Lincoln Building in advance of work that’s scheduled to begin in the next few days. Photo by Amanda Morrison, Watertown Daily Times.

A fence has been installed in front of the Lincoln Building in advance of work that’s scheduled to begin in the next few days. Photo by Amanda Morrison, Watertown Daily Times.

WATERTOWN — Much-anticipated renovations will begin soon on the exterior of the now-empty Lincoln Building, the third major project that local officials say will change the downtown landscape forever. [Read more…]

Black River Valley Club plans to reinvent building with rental apartments

Rental apartments have been proposed for the underused upper floors of the Black River Valley Club on Washington Street in Watertown. Justin Sorensen / NNY Business

Rental apartments have been proposed for the underused upper floors of the Black River Valley Club on Washington Street in Watertown. Justin Sorensen / NNY Business

The Black River Valley Club plans to create rental apartments on the under-used upper floors of its historic downtown building, in a venture with Purcell Construction Co. that will be introduced to club members tonight.

In a recent letter to its membership, the club announced its plan to form a partnership with the Watertown construction company, which would build market-rate apartments on the second and third floors of the 131 Washington St. building.

The club’s operations would be consolidated on the ground floor, which would be dedicated to club member use under the plan, said Paul A. Luck, president of the club’s board of governors. The floor would be renovated to include a new kitchen, event space and dining and meeting rooms. The historic character of the club’s grand foyer and entranceway would remain the same. [Read more…]