Ticonderoga goals large for downtown enhancements

Downtown Ticonderoga at the grand opening of the Burleigh’s Luncheonette renovation.
Downtown Ticonderoga on the grand opening of the Burleigh’s Luncheonette renovation. Picture by Tim Rowland

Ti receives $10M from state to go towards revitalization efforts

By Tim Rowland

Ticonderoga has been awarded a coveted $10 million Downtown Revitalization Initiative grant, one city officers hope will flip empty buildings into vibrant storefronts and develop a reasonably however underutilized frontage on the La Chute River into a beautiful locale for music, markets and leisurely river walks.

“Ticonderoga is a hub for out of doors recreation surrounded by the pure fantastic thing about the Adirondacks, making it an excellent vacation spot for vacationers from all throughout the state and nation to take pleasure in,” Secretary of State Robert J. Rodriguez stated in asserting the grant. “This funding by the Downtown Revitalization Initiative will assist understand Ticonderoga’s imaginative and prescient of connecting its downtown to the encompassing leisure alternatives whereas additionally drawing in town’s deep historic roots to reinforce public areas and sights.”

Different current winners of the DRI grant within the North Nation have been Plattsburgh, Saranac Lake and Tupper Lake. Ticonderoga officers had been cautiously optimistic that their demographic and potential belongings could be enticing to the state.

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LaChute Falls in Ticonderoga. Picture by Melissa Hart

“We’ve been working arduous and heavy on this for the previous 9 months,” stated Ticonderoga Supervisor Mark Wright. “We met about each week, and tasked folks to exit and design the initiatives they needed to get performed.”

Reviving the industrial district — the place a couple of vacant buildings nonetheless go by the names they’d in Ticonderoga’s salad days, like Agway and Newberry’s — might be a main purpose, bolstering current enhancements made by personal builders and enterprise house owners.

Ticonderoga Supervisor Mark Wright
Ticonderoga Supervisor Mark Wright. Picture by Tim Rowland

The DRI will even assist develop a centered city model, an id that has in some methods been missing since Worldwide Paper bulldozed its Ticonderoga mills a half century in the past and moved north of city.

Ticonderoga has a robust background in historical past and recreation, however Wright stated the native committee will go away that matter to professionals. “The worst factor you are able to do is suppose you might be sensible sufficient to model your self,” he stated.

The location of the previous paper mills is now a inexperienced house between the river and the bottom of the industrial buildings that reside on Montcalm Road, the principle drag within the city’s enterprise district. “Proper now, it’s principally an open subject,” Wright stated. However he stated loads of  potential exists for a pavilion, an enhanced farmers market and recreation.

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Funding can be deliberate for a extra user-friendly expertise on the La Chute Path, which follows the river from its higher reaches on the northern tip of Lake George down previous a collection of falls that powered a number of mills by the guts of the Industrial Revolution and past.

On its approach, it passes by the Black Watch Library and Ticonderoga Heritage Museum, each of which have deliberate enhancements, in addition to the positioning of a proposed working reproduction of a colonial-era French sawmill, which was additionally included within the software, Wright stated.

So too will there be funding for the Ticonderoga Group Constructing, a collonaded neo-Georgian city corridor inbuilt 1927 that has grown lengthy within the tooth. 

Wright stated the state and city will start to satisfy within the coming weeks to agency up a undertaking record. The grant consists of as much as $300,000 to develop a Strategic Funding Plan, with the enter of native leaders, group members and enterprise specialists.

“The city of Ticonderoga is extraordinarily grateful to New York state and really excited for this DRI alternative,” Wright stated. “We look ahead to seeing our imaginative and prescient of financial revitalization accomplished.”

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