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City of Oswego wins big in REDC Grant Awards

The City of Oswego won just shy of $1million in State funding for several key projects from the New York State Regional Economic Development Council awards today, including a $245,077 grant for the installation of the Seneca Street Neighborhood Bikeway project, $68,000 to conduct a feasibility study for developing a multipurpose athletic center, $590,000 for Westside Waterfront improvements and $40,000 to develop a strategy to implement public art throughout Downtown Oswego as the City works to allocate the already awarded $10 million in Downtown Revitalization funding from earlier this year.

“I am so excited to be awarded even more funding from New York State to help us execute the vision we all have for the City of Oswego. This funding will only add to the significant amount of momentum we currently have as a community and will expedite our ability to develop along our west side river walk, add diversity and interest to our downtown, further progress our neighborhoods and work to provide new attractions for visitors and residents alike in the form of a multi purpose athletic center," said Mayor Billy Barlow. “2016 will forever be an unforgettable year for the City of Oswego as we laid out a vision and perfectly executed what we needed to as we identified key projects and captured critical funding to turn our vision into a reality. It is truly a team effort and I couldn’t be more proud of the team here at City Hall as we slowly turn Oswego into a modern upstate New York destination," Mayor Barlow concluded.

City of Oswego Zoning and Planning Director Amy Birdsall said “All of the investments that the CNY REDC awarded Oswego today, are evidence of the City’s positive momentum and exemplary leadership under Mayor Barlow. The award for the Seneca Street Neighborhood Bikeway Project will provide the critical funding for the implementation of an initial component of the 104 Complete Streets Plan. The project will transform the street into a pedestrian and bicycle friendly corridor that will enhance the connections between SUNY Oswego, the Historic West Side neighborhoods, Downtown, and the West Side Linear Park. An Arts and Cultural Master Plan will provide the solid foundation for a cohesive strategy of creative expression to be infused into the City of Oswego’s downtown revitalization.”

Justin Rudgick, Community Development Director added “I am really pleased with the results of the funding awards for the City of Oswego. The awarded projects will continue to fuel the momentum and revitalization efforts spearheaded under the leadership of Mayor Barlow, and I am proud to serve in his administration. The projects provided a comprehensive approach to transitioning the ongoing planning initiatives through waterfront development, downtown revitalization, and enhancing the overall quality of life into real projects that will be under construction in 2017.”

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