The Village of Lyons Falls has requested $500,000 in Restore NY grant funding to complete the fourth and final phase of the Lyons Falls Mill Demolition Project. The Restore NY grant, through Empire State Development, is a highly competitive grant in which municipalities submit proposals for projects to demolish, deconstruct, rehabilitate and/or reconstruct vacant, abandoned, condemned and surplus properties.
The Village submitted the grant application October 3, 2016, and intends to continue its partnership with the Lewis County Development Corporation (LCDC), the Development Authority of the North Country (DANC), and others to complete the redevelopment of the nine-acre mill property. The property is the centerpiece of the existing Lyons Falls Designated Brownfield Opportunity Area (BOA) and since 2011, the LCDC (owner of property) has utilized approximately $1,000,000 of private financing, along with $1,300,000 of ESD funding for this project. By the end of 2016, about 75% of the demolition project will be complete. The final phases of work intends to be completed in 2017 and funding from the Restore NY program will be critical to this effort. The funding will be used for demolition of the last remaining structures and site cleanup and restoration. Marketing efforts will be implemented to showcase a shovel ready, waterfront site ready for redevelopment in downtown Lyons Falls, NY.
Restore NY Awards will be announced by the end of the 2016 year.