Brewerton finally got some money last week, and state and local officials promise there will be more.
State Assemblyman Jeff Brown awarded the hamlet $125,000 in the form of an Environmental Protection Fund Grant during an event held in downtown. Once described by a Cicero official as "the forgotten part of town," the funds will go toward creating a scheme to revitalize the hamlet's local waterfront and business districts.
Cicero Supervisor Dudzinski the finalized plans will focus on connecting the major gateways of the hamlet from Lock 23 and the proposed On Track Site, to Riverfront Park, Brewerton Road and Bartell Road Business districts, along the West end of Oneida lake. The plan calls for fa ade renewal, building demolition, new sidewalks and the landscaping of parks.
Some of the money will also go toward marketing the hamlet, located on the south shore of Oneida Lake and Oneida River.
Dudzinski said the funds are only the tip of the iceberg.
"This is just the beginning of our efforts to revitalize Brewerton, and we're confident that these improvements will be of tremendous benefit to residents and visitors alike.
Brown said he was honored to award the funds.
"This funding will help create a sound, cohesive plan to give Brewerton a much-needed facelift, spark growth and development, and increase tourism."
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