Mayor's Office

City of Mount Vernon Awarded $435,160 For Canal Village


May 17, 2011;

Mount Vernon Received one of the Highest Awards approved by New York State.

Mount Vernon, New York—Mayor Clinton I. Young, Jr. announced today that the City of Mount Vernon was awarded $435,160 in Brownfield Opportunity Areas (BOA) Program grants from the New York State Department of State. The grant is one of the highest awarded out of 21 applications approved by New York State. According to Acting Secretary of State Ruth Noemi Colon, BOA grants are designed to help municipalities revitalize communities, create jobs, support environmental remediation and expand the tax base in neighborhoods affected by multiple brownfield sites.

“We are pleased that Governor Cuomo and the Department of State recognize that Mount Vernon and its largest industrial area are primed for environmentally responsible growth and greater economic development. I also commend our State Assemblyman J. Gary Pretlow for his hard work and support for this critical initiative,” said Mayor Clinton I. Young, Jr.

The City of Mount Vernon will complete a Nomination for an approximately 231-acre area characterized with 20 potential brownfield sites that are located in the City’s south-eastern section in the Canal Village area. The primary community revitalization objectives include: identifying key redevelopment opportunities; revitalizing the entire Canal Village area by cleaning-up and redeveloping sites for appropriate commercial businesses and enterprises; upgrading the area’s existing infrastructure; and increasing the City’s tax base and employment.

“The funding provided through the Brownfield Opportunity Areas Program Grant will assist the city in understanding how to enhance the co-existence of area businesses and natural resources as we improve the area’s infrastructure and identify future land uses to foster sustainable development that will mutually benefit property and business owners, the City and its residents,” noted Mayor Young.

The site investigations will analyze and fully understand the existing resources and redevelopment potential of the total study area. It will consist of a land assemblage analysis; a site specific redevelopment evaluation and a site build out assessment. These evaluations will enable the determination of definitive courses of action to be taken in order to revitalize the Canal Village Study Area.

“The primary community revitalization objectives to be achieved by this project include: the revitalization of the entire Canal Village Study Area by identifying potential brownfield sites for remediation, the re-occupancy of vacant space and sites with commercial enterprises and maximizing the utilization of existing resources,” says the City’s Commissioner of Planning and Community Development Jeffrey Williams.

Discussions will soon be underway between City of Mount Vernon officials and representatives from the New York State Department of State to finalize the scope and timeframes for the project prior to its commencement.

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