Coxsackie getting state-funded makeover
Andrea Macko reports in Porcupine Soup that six small business and property owners in the Coxsackie Reed Street Historic District have been given $347,000 in state funding through the New York Main Street Program. The money will go to façade and building improvements to preserve the mid-19th-century storefronts. The awards include$150,000 for restoration of the Patrick Henry’s tavern, Dolan Block, and James Newbury Hotel Spa; $50,000 for the Lower Landing Restaurant; $47,000 for a proposed arts and community space; $47,000 for a proposed ice cream shop; $23,550 for the Manson Reed General Store; $16,715 for The Bottle Shop; and $12,735 for Heartland Realty Upstate and Pilot House Paper. "The Coxsackie Reed Street Historic District, once the doorway to Hudson River trade in the mid-19th-century, is a local gem that small area entrepreneurs are working diligently to revive with an eye on launching several new local businesses,” State Senator Michelle Hinchey said at a ceremony announcing the funding. Coxsackie is currently undergoing a bit of a state-funded makeover. In September, New York State announced a $3.2 million project to fix up the nearby Coxsackie State Boat Launch and Riverside Park on the Hudson River, and that construction is currently under way. “This is another recognition of what is happening in Coxsackie and the renaissance we are experiencing with the re-development of the downtown waterfront area,” Coxsackie Mayor Mark Evans said. Read more about this story in Porcupine Soup.