Clay approves Local Waterfront Revitalization Plan

After years of work, the town of Clay is finally ready to move forward with its waterfront revitalization.

At its regular board meeting Monday night, the Clay Town Board voted unanimously to accept a draft of the Local Waterfront Revitalization Plan (LWRP) as written by Plumley Engineering. Steve Darcangelo of Plumley presented the draft at Monday's meeting.

The draft plan includes planning goals for future development along the waterfront, including redevelopment of Three Rivers Point into a multi-use center; redevelopment of the former industrial sites along Maider Road into a mixed residential/retail community; construction of pedestrian walkways connecting Three Rivers Point with Maider Road; construction of new or improved public boat launch and docking facilities; development of public shoreline fishing locations; and development of the town-owned land on Black Creek Road.

That last one, we kept deliberately vague, because it's so close to the state canal park, Darcangelo said. We want to develop it in a way that's complementary to what the state's doing.

The town has 26 linear miles of waterfront along the Seneca and Oneida rivers.

The board expressed excitement about the plan finally coming to fruition.

This shows incredible vision, said Supervisor Damian Ulatowski. The waterfront is the gateway to the northern part of the town. I think this could be a unique showcase property.

The plan was drafted with the help of a stakeholders committee, made up of two town board members - Naomi Bray and former Supervisor James Rowley - and eight community members - Robert Carter, John Carter, Tom Kraft, Richard Lobevero, James Palumbo, Christine Rahrle, Howard Snow and Paul White.

Ulatowski and several members of the stakeholders committee acknowledged Bray's role in the process.

We would not have been able to do this without Naomi, Lobevero said. She really spearheaded this.

A full copy of the draft is available for review at Clay Town Hall. It can also be found on the town's website (townofclay.org).

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