The Lyons Falls mill project is entering the fourth and final phase of demolition and clean-up. Over the last 3 years, significant progress has been made the majority of the structures on site have been removed. The Lewis County Development Corporation (LCDC) has spent approximately $3.9 million to date with most of the funding coming from external sources. A final phase to complete the project is planned for 2018 with an estimated cost of $1.6 million. The LCDC is currently identifying funding for this final phase.
The Village of Lyons Falls has also achieved NYS official designation for its Brownfield Opportunity Area (BOA) program. The Village, LCDC and the Development Authority of the North Country (DANC) are all working cooperatively on the next phase of BOA implementation. This work includes a market analysis and feasibility for prospective reuse for the nine acre mill site. Given the attributes of the property, we are confident a strong plan for redevelopment will emerge as the analysis continues and the site cleanup is completed.
The LCDC's ultimate goal is to prepare the entire site for redevelopment and to attract new business development to create commerce in Lewis County. Tremendous cooperative work on this project has included the following partners: the Village of Lyons Falls, the Development Authority of the North Country, Empire State Development, NYS Department of Environmental Conservation, NYS Department of State, Tug Hill Commission, Lewis County Industrial Development Agency, Lewis County and Kruger Energy. The Lyons Falls mill redevelopment is a priority project that will provide a tremendous, waterfront property for future business growth in southern Lewis County.
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