Fulton Community Meets for Brownfield Program

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The Oswego County Department of Community Development, Tourism and Planning announces a community meeting in connection with the Brownfield Opportunity Area (BOA) Nomination Study. The session is scheduled for Thursday, Sept. 25 from 7 to 9 p.m. in the Fulton Municipal Building on South First Street.

“A brownfield is an abandoned or under-used industrial or commercial property,” said David Turner, director of the Oswego County Department of Community Development, Tourism and Planning. “The re-development of a brownfield property may be complicated by the real or potential presence of a hazardous substance or pollutant. The New York State BOA grant program awards communities for making use of these properties to revitalize their area.”

The city of Fulton and Oswego County will be working together to plan a series of meetings to introduce the BOA program, its process and develop revitalization proposals.

Turner continued, “The goal of this first session is to involve residents, property owners and businesses of Fulton in the planning process and come up with ideas for the city’s future. Their support and participation is extremely important to the progression of this project.”

All city residents are invited and welcome to bring a neighbor or friend to the workshop.

Attendees will learn about brownfields, how the BOA Program will benefit their community and share their overall vision for revitalization as well as their ideas for development in the city of Fulton.

The revitalization plan will establish a community vision, define future uses and businesses and develop a site inventory list. Creating a predictable development plan for developers and renovating existing key sites is part of the implementation strategy. The goal of this process is to raise property values, improve environmental quality and increase competitiveness for funding programs.

For more information about the workshop or to learn more about the BOA Nomination Study, call Karen Noyes at the Oswego County Department of Community Development, Tourism and Planning weekdays at 349-8292 or 1-800-596-3200 ext. 8292.