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 and 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 LyonsFallsMill(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.
Lewis County Economic Development has identified a site to create a ShovelReady commerce park and is currently in the ShovelReady application process. This project began with a review of many potential locations throughout Lewis County that would provide land with access to transportation routes and necessary infrastructure. The search concluded with a site located on State Route 26, just outside the Village of Lowville. We haveLC IDA Conceptual Site Plan 1 an agreement with a property owner for approximately 40 acres of land.
The vision for a commerce park is to provide ShovelReady opportunities for growth of existing Lewis County businesses and to attract new investment from outside companies. The future site will provide ample water, wastewater capacity, electric, natural gas and telecommunications connections. With our natural resources and strong dairy industry, the commerce park will be an attractive location for food processing businesses, companies that support Fort Drum and SUNY Nano, and other entrepreneurial investments.
Please contact Lewis County Economic Development to learn more and discuss opportunities in the Lewis County Commerce Park.
Lewis County Economic Development has been studying the concept of a small business incubator building. A facility of this type is intended to provide space to a growing business or a brand new start up business. A low rental cost, access to basic services such as telephone, internet, office equipment, business support services, as well as support from other tenants, are all advantages that a business might achieve by locating in an incubator.
As the incubator concept develops, we will be working on the potential to serve food processing related businesses. A kitchen, refrigerated storage and potentially dairy processing equipment, could be located in the incubator building. Even with this focus, we will welcome any potential business. Currently, Lewis County Economic Development is providing businesses support services with small businesses and potential start-ups; however, we are considering different locations as a potential spot for the incubator. Lewis County Economic Development will evaluate the reuse of existing buildings versus building a new structure.
It is important to seek interested occupants for the new Incubator. If you have any interest in these types of incubator services, please do not hesitate to contact Lewis County Economic Development.