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Madison Barracks receives $500,000 state grant

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SACKETS HARBOR — Madison Barracks will receive $500,000 to improve its water line through a grant from Empire State Development.

The $1,350,000 project for which the grant will be used also includes the installation of new piping and fire hydrants.

“That water line is an outrageously expensive proposition,” Michael W. Campbell, representative for developer Lawler Realty, said Friday afternoon. “This makes it a lot easier to get this done.”

The first phase of the project was replacing the entire line around the development area and setting up new connections to further the creation of the developer’s new apartment buildings.

“This makes it possible,” Mr. Campbell said.

The first phase started last spring, and was finished just a few weeks ago.

The second phase of the project, which will set up the rest of the connections for the water line, is scheduled to be finished by November.

Mr. Campbell said portions of the project, including linking up residences the developer did not own to the new water line, did not provide any direct financial benefit to Lawler Realty.

In the news release announcing the grant funding, the agency noted that the increased development has helped support the housing needs of Fort Drum.

The Madison Barracks project was one of several approved Thursday by Empire State Development during a meeting in New York City. The total value of the projects approved Thursday was $16.6 million, and they are expected to create or preserve about 700 jobs.

“Under Governor Cuomo’s leadership, ESD is having its busiest year ever supporting businesses as they grow and create new jobs for New Yorkers. The Regional Councils are guiding State resources to key regional priorities that are maximizing the return on investment, creating jobs and spurring the private sector activity we need to grow our economy,” Kenneth Adams, the agency’s president, CEO and commissioner, said in a statement.

“ESD will continue to partner with businesses, organizations and universities — no matter how big or how small — to help them create jobs and drive our economy forward.”

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