December 18, 2008, Oneonta Daily Star: Delaware towns to gain from waterfront grant

Delaware towns to gain from waterfront grant

Delhi News Bureau

December 18, 2008 04:00 am

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Delaware County communities are among six towns and villages that will benefit from a recently awarded state Local Waterfront Revitalization Program grant.

The town of Olive applied for a $91,417 grant for the Esopus-Delaware Corridor Revitalization project, which involves six communities along the state Route 28 corridor from Olive in Ulster County to Andes in Delaware County.

The partnership involves the Central Catskills Collaborative, the landscape architecture program of SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry and the Catskill Center for Conservation and Development.

The groups will conduct community visioning exercises and produce both corridor-wide and site-specific designs for communities along the Esopus Creek and the East Branch of the Delaware River. Student internships will be included, according to a state document announcing LWRP grants.

"This award showcases the importance of community collaboration and the tremendous benefits that arise when towns and counties view each other as neighbors and partners _ not rivals," Lisa Rainwater, Catskill Center executive director said in a media release.

"All the towns along the Route 28 corridor will benefit from this revitalization strategy, and we look forward to working on this project," Olive Town Supervisor Berndt Leifeld said in a media release.

The Central Catskills Collaborative includes representatives from seven municipalities along the Route 28 corridor _ the towns of Andes, Hurley, Middletown, Olive and Shandaken and the villages of Fleischmanns and Margaretville.

The state Department of State Office of Coastal, Local Government and Community Sustainability will coordinate the grant with the town of Olive and provide technical assistance.

The grant grew out of the recent designation of the Esopus Creek as a Designated Inland Waterway by the state Legislature, which was signed into law by Gov. David Paterson in February.

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