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The early stages of work on the former Frink Snowplow site. Photo by Martha Foley.
The early stages of work on the former Frink Snowplow site. Photo by Martha Foley.

Riverfront redevelopment underway in Clayton

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A big redevelopment project is getting underway in the Thousand Islands village of Clayton. The first pieces of equipment are now at work on the former Frink snowplow factory site. That represents the beginning of an aggressive construction schedule that aims to bring the Clayton Harbor Hotel to life by Memorial Day, 2014.

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Joanna Richards
Watertown Correspondent

Kristi Dippel is head of the Clayton Local Development Corporation. She says it's gratifying to see all the planning on the project coming to fruition, “After over 10 years that this has been in the making, and we finally have activity on site, it's definitely the talk on the street, it's the talk of the town. People are very excited to see something happening over there.”

The four-story, 105-room hotel is being developed by the Buffalo-based Krog Corporation and Hart Hotels.

Local officials hope the project will provide much-needed lodging in the area, complementing the community’s smaller, mom-and-pop operations. Dippel says many summer tourists who visit Clayton have ended up staying in Watertown or Alexandria Bay.

This project is meant to draw people to Clayton, and keep them there. Other municipal projects on the site aim to do that, too: there are 50 public, transient boat slips in the works in front of the hotel site, as well as improvements to an existing riverwalk there.

The hotel project is expected to bring about 90 full-time jobs to the area.

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