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Aiello drops Carthage apartment plan; funds might go to Mercy plan

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A proposed 364-unit apartment complex in West Carthage has been scrapped.

In December a $2 million grant was awarded for the construction of the apartments planned at a 72-acre site in West Carthage. The project included a large retail development with a big-box store, a restaurant and numerous businesses

However, Steven F. Aiello, general manager of COR Development Company, in January withdrew from the project, the Times learned this week.

The project was announced as part of the state’s Regional Economic Development Council awards, which is bringing $90.2 million in state funds to create jobs in the region.

Several of the projects, including the one proposed in West Carthage, was to provide more housing for soldiers at Fort Drum.

The housing portion at the back of the site, southwest of North Broad and Franklin streets, would have been built by COR. The 16-acre retail portion to be located at the front as to be developed and built by Lundy Development Corp. of Carthage.

Mr. Aiello and COR have since turned their attention to developing the site that how houses the former Mercy Hospital in Watertown, and sources have told the Times that the state might redirect the $2 million for the Mercy project.

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