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City’s Main Street facade program will be publicized

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BY BRIAN KIDWELL

What it used to look like and the way it appears now will soon be a matter of public record in the city of Ogdensburg.

The city’s recently finished Main Street building facade improvement programs will be publicized early next year with a 13-page newsletter format pictorial with before and after photographs.

A rough draft of the publication was shown at Wednesday’s meeting of the Ogdensburg Growth Fund Development Corp.

The board’s members were impressed.

“It’s amazing, the differences you see in the community,” said Mayor William D. Nelson, the board’s chairman.

The city received two Main Street Grants in 2008 and 2009. One was for $200,000 for an area around the intersection of Ford and State streets and overseen by the city.

The other grant, also for $200,000, covered an area encompassing the city’s marina district near the confluence of the Oswegatchie and St. Lawrence rivers.

It was administered by the Growth Fund.

Both grants provided matching funds for projects aimed at rehabilitating business facades to improve the appearance of Ogdensburg’s aged commercial districts.

The two programs closed out in October with $5,397.22 that will have to be returned to the state from the marina district grant and no funds returned from the Ford and State Street district program.

The businesses whose facades were improved were: Dixie Lee Fried Chicken, 432 State St.; 637 State St., owned by Morristown contractor Bernard Bertrand and occupied by Little Caesars pizza; the redevelopment of the former Ramada Inn, 119 W. River St., by Plattsburgh developer Gilbert Jones into a hotel and apartments; Ogdensburg Public Library, 312 Washington St.; Frederic Remington Art Museum, 303 Washington St.; the Dillingham Jones building,402 Ford St.; a new marquee for the now-defunct Ogdensburg Cinemas I and II, 219 Ford St.; Phillips Diner, 415 Ford St.;Hosmer’s Marina, 54 E. River St.; the Duffy building, 59 E. River St.; and the Mayhew building, 110-112 Lake St.

Mr. Jones shut down the city’s only cinema in July because he couldn’t afford new, digital projection equipment.

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