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December 19, 2013

Delaware County makes plans for state grant funds

While nature takes on the look of dormancy, there is activity in Delaware County. 

“Significant funds from the state have been awarded to the Delaware County Industrial Developmental Agency,” said Glenn Nealis, executive director of Delaware County Economic Development. “The funds will be used in the town(s) of Kortright, Davenport and Walton.”

In the town of Kortright, a vacant building will be shored up. In Davenport, delivery of electricity will be upgraded. And, in Walton, commercial and residential buildings will be renovated.

The funds are part of Delaware County’s share of the Regional Economic Development Council awards announced last week by Gov. Andrew Cuomo. Agencies undertaking these projects will be reimbursed in the stated amounts for their investments. 

The vacant building in Harpersfield, in the town of Kortright, has been idle for approximately eight years. It was previously used as a water bottling plant by Wissahickon Water Company. 

In the spring, Delaware County took the building for back taxes, then approached the IDA to see if the agency was interested in the 20,000-square-foot facility on state Route 23. 

“The metal structure is in good shape; however, there is a laundry list of things to do before the building will be attractive to an incoming business,” Nealis explained

A $205,000 grant through NYS Empire State Development will cover about half the cost for the IDA to preserve and rehabilitate the project, Nealis said. 

“With this investment the IDA will undertake the project to acquire and renovate the former Wissahickon water bottling facility for the purpose of developing a shovel-ready, turn-key light manufacturing facility in order to attract new private sector investment and job creation,” IDA Chairman Jim Thomson said in a media release.

In Davenport, $850,000 will help bring upgraded electrical service to Greene Lumber Co. and the surrounding hamlet of Davenport. The facility re-opened last spring and employs 30 people. It uses diesel generators to produce the electricity needed for mill operation.

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