Gowanda Receives $200K For Brownfield Program

The village of Gowanda has received $200,000 from New York state’s Brownfield Opportunity Areas Program.

The award is part of a $2 million program for Brownfield Opportunity Areas Program grants for 13 communities across the state. The program provides resources to develop data-driven revitalization strategies for economically distressed areas. The plans forge a path to transform blighted properties in urban areas into community assets and catalysts for neighborhood-wide revitalization. Brownfields are abandoned or underutilized properties where known or perceived contamination has impeded redevelopment, turning the properties into economic and environmental drains on localities. The Brownfield Opportunity Areas Program grants have driven revitalization throughout the state, turning dormant sites into vibrant and productive properties that attract jobs and private investment, ultimately expanding the local tax base.

“This funding will help transform blighted and polluted properties into economic engines in communities across New York,” said Gov. Andrew Cuomo. “We will continue to work with our local partners to revitalize neighborhoods, create opportunity and build a stronger Empire State for all.”

Gowanda will complete a Brownfield Opportunity Area Nomination Study for 18 to 20 potential sites. The project objectives include the reinvigoration of the central business district to create a vibrant and walkable community; enhancement of tourism opportunities provided by and access to the Cattaraugus Creek; encouragement of healthy living and cooperative manufacturing space on the former AVM Gowanda site; implementation of green infrastructure; and attraction and generation of light industrial and manufacturing use businesses.