Downtown North Creek
Early this summer, the LA Group will be updating residents in the town of Johnsburg about the upcoming streetscape improvement project.
There are multiple projects for the streetscape and Riverfront Park ready to start, according to Wayne LaMothe, director of the Warren County Department of Planning and Community Development. This is one of 23 projects LaMothe is working on along the First Wilderness Heritage Corridor. Those towns — from Corinth to North Creek — are not only linked by the Hudson River but by the historic train tracks now used by the Saratoga & North Creek Railway.
Engineering work has been completed on the North Creek streetscape project, and the design contract has been awarded to the LA Group.
The LA Group will be holding public meetings about the project in the summer and giving presentations to the Johnsburg Town Board. They’ll also be attending the North Creek Business Alliance meetings once a month. Meeting dates are not yet scheduled.
“We hope to really kick this into high gear,” LaMothe said. “It took us a year to get the contract approved by the state agency that grants the funds, so that really has held us up. But we seem to be going forward now.”
LaMothe hopes to have the North Creek streetscape design elements wrapped up by December.
“What we are hoping to do is to pick a section of Main Street and fast-track that process, so that if the town has the manpower available, they can start a section this year” LaMothe said.
In order to promote the region’s assets, a major component is improving the infrastructure in these towns: Corinth, Hadley, Lake Luzerne, Stony Creek, Thurman, Warrensburg, Chester and Johnsburg.
Here are some of the updates.
•Corinth: LaMothe said he hopes to sign a design contract for the train station site soon.
•Stony Creek: Town crews are currently constructing a 1.3-mile wheelchair accessible trail as part of the Francis Dean Farm Heritage Trails, a feature at the recently acquired Dean Homestead Museum, 4 Murray Road in Stony Creek.
•Warrensburg: A request for proposals for design of the Floyd Bennett Memorial Bandstand restoration on Main Street has been sent out.
•Chester: Planners are waiting on the state for contract approval for work that’s being done at the Dynamite Hill Recreation Area. The LA Group will be designing a recreation plan for potential ways to increase recreation and tourism possibilities in the town of Chester.
•Thurman and Hadley: Planners had to rebid for materials to enclose the Thurman and Hadley train stations. Warren County Parks and Recreation Department crews will be doing the work soon. “That’s gone through design. It’s ready to go, just pending awarding the contract for materials,” LaMothe said.
For more information about the First Wilderness Heritage Corridor, visit online at www.firstwilderness.com.