Watertown Daily Times: Ogdensburg receives $250,000 to help prepare shoreline for development

September 27, 2014 – A $250,000 grant awarded through the Northern Border Regional Commission will help jump start city plans to add $1.7 million in water and sewer infrastructure improvements to the Diamond International Brownfield site along the St. Lawrence River on Mansion Avenue. Click here to read the full article from the Watertown Daily Times.

Expression of Interest Process to begin for Development of an Active Senior Living Community along the St. Lawrence River in Ogdensburg

EOI_graphicOn February 15, 2014, the City of Ogdensburg, NY will begin an Expression of Interest (EOI) Process with the goal of identifying financially sound interested parties capable of performing all or a portion of the services required to program, develop, own, staff, operate and maintain an active senior living community.  This facility, St. Lawrence Shores, is intended to be constructed on the St. Lawrence River waterfront on land currently owned by the City Of Ogdensburg, NY.  Click here to view the EOI on the City of Ogdensburg, NY website.

To view a fact sheet about the project, click here.

Fort La Présentation Waterfront Trail Awarded Funding

Fort La Présentation Association has been awarded $352,650 by the North Country Regional Economic Development Council to create a waterfront park and trail system on historic Van Rensselaer Point, the official name of Lighthouse Point. This Project includes the design and construction of a trail network, a visitor and educational meeting space, interpretive signage, site restoration, landscaping, a parking area and links to Ogdensburg’s Maple City Trail System.  This is a one-of-a-kind park for community events, historical reenactments, fieldtrips, and passive recreation.  A waterfront trail network will have spectacular views of the St. Lawrence and Oswegatchie Rivers.  Lining the trail will be a series of interpretive signs illustrating the site’s remarkable history, including its pre-colonial Native American occupation, Forts La Présentation, Oswegatchie and Presentation Rensselaer (historically referred to as Fort Rensselaer), with successive roles in the French & Indian War, American Revolution, and War of 1812.  The point’s historic industrial uses will also be highlighted.  The trail will link with the City of Ogdensburg’s popular Maple City Trail for a unique recreational experience and downtown access to the waterfront.   This project is identified as a priority recommendation in state funded planning documents, including City’s Waterfront Revitalization Action Plan, Brownfield Opportunity Area Plan, and Local Waterfront Revitalization Plan.



October 28, 2013 – BOA Step II Final Presentation

This is the final presentation of the BOA Step 2 Process given to City Council, October 28, 2013.

September 27, 2013 – BOA Step II Recommendations Presentation

The following video is a live recording of a presentation of the interim findings of the BOA step II process. The presentation, given by Ogdensburg Director of Planning Andrea Smith and Vita Nuova LLC, was presented to key stakeholders on the evening of June 5, 2013. While most of the recommendations are accurate, viewers of the video should review the BOA Step 2 report for final recommendations.

July 15, 2013 – Ogdensburg Receives Partial Funding for Cleanup of Augsbury site

The US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) will award $300,000 to Ogdensburg, New York to clean up the former Augsbury Tank Farm site. The funding is being awarded under the EPA’s brownfields program, which helps communities assess, clean up, redevelop and reuse properties at which moderate contamination threatens environmental quality and public health and can interfere with redevelopment.

The Augsbury site, which once contained a major oil storage facility, consists of 23 acres of prime, vacant real estate situated on the shoreline of the St. Lawrence River. The redeveloped property will be used for a mixed use development consisting of 192 residential units, five to eight thousand square feet of commercial space combined with waterfront park space. The redevelopment of the property could create up to 100 construction jobs and 30-50 full-time jobs.

For more information on The EPA’s Brownfields Program, visit


Ogdensburg Brownfield Opportunity Area Charrette
April 30 – May 2, 2013

May 1, 2013: 7-9PM
Presentation and Discussion with City Council/Steering Committee
Vita Nuova presented preliminary site designs, cost estimates, funding opportunities, and next steps to move key BOA sites forward. City Council and other key City committee members offered feedback on site development ideas.







Planners, designers, and engineers working on Augsbury, Diamond Shade Roller, and Marina District sites.









City of Ogdensburg Director of Planning & Development Andrea Smith reviews concepts for the waterfront (left) and opens the Presentation to City Council/Steering Committee with Vita Nuova President Michael Taylor (right).

May 2, 2013: 9-12PM
Rediscovering the Waterfront Meeting
Local Ogdensburg organizations and businesses gathered to discuss strategies for rebuilding the culture along the waterfront. Topics included ideas for increasing tourism, creating synergies among and between existing businesses, and implementing a regional and cross-border approach to place-making.

Click above to watch video of a presentation by Philip Morris who helped lead the meeting. Philip Morris is CEO of Proctors, a cultural non-profit organization that has helped to revitalize and reenergize downtown Schenectady, NY.









Professionals and citizens worked together to develop preliminary designs, cost and infrastructure information, and funding strategies for key BOA sites.






Ogdensburg City Manager John Pinkerton reviews development costs during a planning session.





Community Open House
Preliminary designs were displayed and the community was invited for an informal session to view the designs and ask questions of the planning team.










Public Presentation
Citizens offered feedback on a presentation that included an overview of the BOA project, refined designs and next steps for key sites, and funding strategies.





Click above to read the April 20, 2013 Article in The Journal titled "City Called 'Untapped Resource'"

Click above to read the May 5, 2013 Article in The Journal titled “Patience is an important part of revitalization” by Elizabeth Lyons


Upcoming Charrette Events

Community Open House
Thursday May 2, 2013
3:00pm – 5:00pm
Dobisky Visitor Center

Come see the progress we’ve made – Designs will be on display and City staff, along with representatives from Vita Nuova will be available to answer your questions and discussion your ideas for the future of our waterfront! Now is the time to voice your opinion and share your dreams about the future of Ogdensburg.

Community Workshop

Thursday May 2, 2013
5:30pm – 6:30pm
Dobisky Visitor Center

Be part of our progress – Come and participate in Wednesday’s community workshop.¬† Share your creative ideas about how to revitalize our waterfront.

Working Session
Wednesday May 1, 2013
7:00pm – 9:00pm
Dobisky Visitor Center

Please join the Department of Planning and Development along with Vita Nuova and NYS DOS for a presentation and discussion regarding the City’s Brownfield Opportunity Area (BOA). Learn more about the recently completed demographic and market trends analysis and how these findings will help shape the future of our waterfront.

Click here to read the April 20, 2013 Ogdensburg Journal article City Called ‘Untapped Resource’