Monday, May 16, 2016

Downtown Plan Unveiled Thursday

    A meeting will be hosted by Mayor Butler Thursday morning at City Hall to outline the city's proposal for a $10M regional downtown grant.
    The Mayor has been formulating the plan which has to be submitted soon to Albany where a blue ribbon panel will pick the one winner in NNY.

13 comments:

Don't waste it. said...

While I know if our city doesn't grab it, others will. But if it's just going to be picked up, put to some off the wall project, and wasted, we don't need it. He better have a great plan for it. Not just spending it to spend it. So sick of that answer. Anyone else?

Anonymous said...

The proposal or plan will always include more dollars for rehab of bldgs. Recently the Lincoln Bldg. was done with a mix of GRANTS and low-interest loans, The owner of Said bldg. promised he could deliver 150 new jobs to downtown Watertown with the various monies he received, time to call the bluff of these folks, and make them pay monies back when they don't deliver, while old is the new new it might be time to step back from these development plans, but then again Maple Court Apts. never paid any tax and we gave them 200K in CDBG funding, and another PILOT, oddly enough both are owned by the same person...

Anonymous said...

Probably be used for some more low income housing downtown only to turn around and complain there's no prospering business in the downtown area.

Or they'll win the award and turn it down, then cry poverty less than a year later.

Anonymous said...

2:54 You must be thinking of the woolworth building and not the lincoln building. The lincoln owners redid the facade but are still trying to figure out how to restore the rest according to Sunday paper. And maple court is owned by a company out of maine called evergreen and I don't think they own any other properties in watertown...

Anonymous said...

Should have held off one more year for that arena rehab. Could have gotten the state to pay for it with free money.

Anonymous said...

I don't believe you whiners. Only in Watertown would people bitch if grant money was sought. If no one tried for the grant money there'd be moaning and groaning that we weren't getting our share of it, what were those lazy elected officials and the despicable CM doing for us? We don't need it? Really? Because our downtown is so robust and modern?

The state wasn't going to build you a new arena, get over it. If you want to be mad, be mad about the fact that it was left to deteriorate over many, many years when the majority of current council was not in office. Same for your beloved park pool.

Next election throw your names out there since you have all the answers. Must be the cold north country weather that makes you bitter.

Anonymous said...

9:19 So they should have taken the grant money for two fire department positions? Do not cherry pick.

Anonymous said...

I just drove through downtown yesterday. I'm amazed that number of vacant business/store spaces on the Square as well as on State St and Court St. What would motivate someone to open a business downtown?

Anonymous said...

804 - they aren't.... Just the Not for Profits are going down there. Look at the $5MM NNYCF project.

They can use the public assistance ousing and residents as props to get donations.

Anonymous said...

5:25, the grant money for the FD had very specific limitations on it, as I recall. Sometimes you can pick up a dime and drop $1 out of your pocket.

Anonymous said...

Maybe we can widen the crosswalks in the square? Just get rid of some more of those parking spots and put in some stamped concrete.

Anonymous said...

9.19 it's our money! If the state can just give it away, we could keep it. I'd love more money in my check every week. You don't like money? Give it to some man like Mayor Butler to waste, why?

Anonymous said...

11:21 of that's what you believe then you need to cry up. Doesn't do any good to complain about the local elected trying to get grant money for their own, if they don't go after it someone else will. The governor is giving your money away, remember?