Ogdensburg Chamber expands scope of appearance improvement effort in city
Wednesday, June 6, 2012 - 12:12 pm

OGDENSBURG -- The Greater Ogdensburg Chamber of Commerce is expanding the scope of the old Ford Street Committee to improve the appearance of the city, and is giving the committee a new name.

The committee goal remains essentially the same: Encourage residents, business owners, and the City of Ogdensburg to improve the appearance of our gateways and corridors so that they attract visitors, potential homeowners and investors.

The new Gateways and Corridors Committee will include State Street, Main Street, Canton Street, Fine Street and New York Avenue in their efforts.

Paterson Street was not included since it will be under construction next year.

Last year the committee and the city jointly installed signs at the entrances to Ogdensburg directing people to the downtown area in an effort to stimulate business along these corridors. Corning agreed to a large landscaping project at their property fronting on Ford Street. All materials, design and labor were contracted locally. The city expanded the scope of their LWRP (Local Waterfront Redevelopment Plan) to include Ford Street.

The chamber has instituted a rewards and recognition program which honors a business and a homeowner for improving their property. Each month one homeowner and one business are selected by the committee to receive this recognition and to display the large award sign in front of their property.

For June 2012 the committee is focusing on State Street since that is the area that the city is also concentrating on.

The residence recognized this month was at 709 State St., formerly Hand’s Liquor Store and now the residence of John Boyer, who did all the renovations himself.

The business chosen is the building owned by Bertrand’s Construction, which had been a gas station and Stewarts Shop. It is now completely renovated and houses two new businesses, Little Caesar’s Pizza and Create-A-Can.

The committee would like to get from city residents nominations for residences and business that have improved their appearance.

For more information about the Gateways and Corridors Committee, call the chamber office at 393-3620 or email chamber@gisco.net.