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Raquette River at center of Potsdam downtown revitalization plan

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Earlier this week the village of Potsdam unveiled its long-awaited plan to revitalize its waterfront and downtown areas.

It includes a facelift for the village's Ives Park and improvements in recreational access to the Raquette river; and construction of an open-air pavilion where an expanded farmers market would take place.

It calls for a big new hotel in the village; streetscape improvements in the downtown and waterfront areas; a riverfront walkway; and public restrooms. And there would also be a big marketing effort and a new Potsdam website.

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Nora Flaherty
Digital Editor, News

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The plan would be funded by grants—in its draft form, the village has already used it to get $346,000 to help pay for whitewater parks in Colton, Canton and Potsdam.

Officials are hoping the changes they’re planning will result in a lot more money flowing into the village. Nora Flaherty talked with Potsdam Village mayor Steve Yurgartis—and he said any plan for Potsdam’s revitalization has to start with the river:

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