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Ogdensburg waterfront redevelopment plan reviewed again

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OGDENSBURG — It was time again Monday get the word out on Ogdensburg’s 15-year waterfront redevelopment plan.

The City Council heard more from Michael B. Taylor, president of the Connecticut-based Vita Nuova consulting firm; Neil W. Pariser, senior development consultant; and David MacLeod of the state Department of State.

Vita Nuova and the city are collaborating on a study to create residential and commercial development along a downtown 330-acre section of St. Lawrence River shoreline.

“We want to go after the universe,” Mr. Pariser said. “We want to let people know that Ogdensburg is alive.”

It has been suggested that the Ogdensburg Growth Fund Development Corp. set up a local development agency that would acquire surplus city property and pitch it for developers’ proposals.

“It can become the economic development vehicle for Ogdensburg,” Mr. Pariser said. “It can become the facilitator.”

Growth Fund member Lori A. Smithers called the proposal a “collaboration” that would succeed.

“We just want to work together,” she said.

Mayor William D. Nelson agreed.

“I think it’s a win-win for all,” he said.

The three waterfront sites and their proposed usage are: the former Augsbury Oil Co. tank farm, Riverside Avenue, condominium housing; the former Diamond International/Shade Roller property, asssisted living, rental and condominium housing, and the Marina District, boat sales and repair businesses, a boat launch and the Richard G. Lockwood Civic Center weatherized for more year-round use.

One Ogdensburg native who lives in Los Angeles is excited about the city’s waterfront redevelopment plan.

John P. Wade is ready to move back home.

“We have one of the best places to live,” he said.

For more information on the city’s waterfront redevelopment plan, go to or call the city’s planning and development office at 393-7150.

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