Ogdensburg, that is! A week that brought us tragic news for the film world in general also brought great news for local fans of both film and downtown commerce.
The Ogdensburg Growth Fund Development Corp. has agreed to loan $60,000 to the owner of...
Mar 06, 2014 — Watertown's downtown has been decaying for years, with boarded-up buildings and businesses dwindling. It's not an uncommon problem in America's smaller cities.
Now, a handful of big projects are reviving the historical structures at the center of town, and some new small businesses are thriving. But some say the city could be doing more to encourage growth. Go to full article
On the Raquette River bridge looking east into downtown...
Potsdam, NY, Apr 06, 2012 — 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. Go to full article
Watertown, NY, Jan 23, 2012 — Watertown has been excited about the possibility of a new future for the city's landmark Woolworth building for several years. The historic downtown building is on the site of the dry goods store where F.W. Woolworth began his retail career.
In 1921, after launching his five-and-dime empire, Woolworth demolished the old store and built his imposing new headquarters. But as the five and dime empire went, so went the building. It's been vacant for years.
A new owner purchased the building several years ago, now city officials worry the redevelopment plans may be in jeopardy. Joanna Richards has the story. Go to full article
Volunteers move music store stuff up Main Street. Photos: Mark Kurtz
May 28, 2004 — The discount giant Walmart is making a major push to expand in the North Country. The company plans to build bigger stores in Massena and Watertown, and new stores in Lowville and Leray, near Fort Drum. Tuesday Walmart announced plans to build a supercenter on Route 11 in Potsdam. As David Sommerstein reports, the news is renewing an old debate in the college town. Go to full article