State paying nearly $1 million to turn old Massena mill into brew pub
Monday, March 26, 2018 - 5:39 pm

MASSENA -- The state will pay $978,000 to turn an old mill into a brew pub and restaurant.

The money, from the Restore NY program, will convert the building at 38 Water St. and also add two top floor residential apartments, according to a news release from Mayor Tim Currier.

The 11,365 square foot building was built in the late 1800s.

The total project is estimated to cost nearly $1.4 million and is expected to be complete sometime next year.

This is happening via public-private partnership is between the Village of Massena and Goco Ventures LLC., William and Susan Fiacco.

William Fiacco is a Massena native, having graduated from Massena Central High School and continued his education locally, graduating from Clarkson University in Potsdam.

He and his wife are “excited to be a part of the changes occurring in his hometown,” Currier’s press release says.

“Susan and I are thrilled to be involved in Massena’s new vision for revitalizing and transforming the downtown. We believe this project will be a big part of the changes occurring in the downtown and in Massena,” said Fiacco said in a prepared statement from Currier’s office.

The release Currier says “improving the downtown is a priority, and the progress being made is a result of strategic planning.”

“We focus on planning, partnerships and positioning ourselves for success. By adopting tax abatement laws to encourage residential development in the downtown, allocating local assets to leverage outside resources and finding local entrepreneurs to create public-private partnerships, Massena is spurring growth and development in the downtown core,” Currier said in a prepared statement. “Before long, citizens will see significant improvements on Water Street including this new project, former Slavin’s building, a new park, and improvements at Amici’s. All of these encompass improved waterfront, which is part of the overall strategy to improve Massena’s downtown.”

Currier in his release expressed gratitude with Restore NY funding and the governor’s support for Massena and the North Country. He says the governor has allocated more than $6 million in funding to the region this year.

“No governor has supported the North Country like Governor Cuomo. Restore NY is helping us transform the downtown,” Currier said.