The proposed recreation center on Main Street in Amsterdam and the proposed addition to the Amsterdam Free Library were among the projects awarded funds in the latest round of New York State Regional Economic Development Council funding announced yesterday. Both projects are part of the City of Amsterdam’s Downtown Revitalization Initiative (DRI) plan.
The proposed recreation center, a $6 million project which is planned to incorporate an indoor track, playing field, basketball courts, among other amenities, received $1.2 million in Empire State Development (ESD) funding. Earlier this year, the project was allocated $2.5 million out of the $10 million total DRI grant.
The proposed addition to the library, a $4.3 million project that will incorporate a business incubator, conference room, and other educational resources, was awarded $800,000 in ESD funding. The project was previously allocated $1.8 million out of the DRI grant.
Other notable projects in the area which received funding include:
- $20,000 for Centro Civico to expand the Neena Rao Daycare Center to increase the number of children it accommodates from 14 to 28.
- $30,000 for an engineering study on improvements to the city’s wastewater treatment system
- $50,000 for the city to update it’s Local Waterfront Revitalization Program
- $190,000 to Whispering Pines Preschool awarded through the Amsterdam Industrial Development Agency for the purchase and renovation of the former Bacon Elementary School.
- A total of $650,000 awarded to the Schoharie Crossing Stabilization Project through Montgomery County which will help preserve and restore the aqueduct at Schoharie Crossing, which is part of the original Erie Canal system.
- $50,000 for the Montgomery County Industrial Development Agency to create a new comprehensive economic development strategy.
- $111,184 for the Town of Florida to build a new community park next to the existing town hall.