Canajoharie gets $6M for Beech-Nut site

CANAJOHARIE — Montgomery County has received a $6 million award through Round 5 of the Restore New York Communities Initiative. County Executive Matt Ossenfort announced Monday in a news release. This award will allow for the demolition and remediation of the former Beech-Nut facility.

“We have the funding which helps us move much at a much quicker rate than anticipated,” Ossenfort said.

Ossenfort said the village of Canajoharie didn’t receive the grant the first time they applied, so the county asked the state to consider the site as a “special project” since it is a large brownfield, which is any former industrial or commercial site currently not in use.

The Beech-Nut facility is the only project in the state to receive a “special project” designation.

“I believe this is the largest grant award the county has received to date,” Ossenfort said. “I couldn’t be more excited about what this means for the future of the Exit 29 site. So much work has gone into this project and I am extremely proud that we have received the ‘Special Project’ designation,” he continued. “Our team will continue this momentum until the project is completed.”

According to the release, the county has already begun cleanup work on the site with the removal of debris piles, a roll-off container and certain partial exterior walls. The $6 million in funding will now aid in the demolition and remediation process.

“We are extremely pleased to receive $6 million in funding to continue progress at the Exit 29 site,” said Montgomery County Business Development Center Director and CEO Ken Rose. “This announcement is huge news, revitalizing this site opens up a tremendous amount of development opportunities and the transformation will only help to complement what is already a terrific downtown in the village of Canajoharie.”

The Mohawk Valley received a total of $11.5 million for 10 projects. Restore New York supports municipal revitalization efforts by awarding funding for projects that will reinvigorate downtowns and generate new economic opportunity. Nearly $81 million was awarded statewide to 71 different municipalities

Montgomery County prepared, developed and will administer the grant awards, on behalf of the village, which was the official applicant for the Restore NY grant.

“This is outstanding news,” said Canajoharie Mayor Francis Avery. “The redevelopment of the site is critical to the village’s future,” he said. “I’m pleased with the progress that’s been made so far and I’m hopeful to see it continue.”

By Patricia Older

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