State reps, mayor to tour old Slavin's building in Massena as rehab proceeds
Tuesday, November 14, 2017 - 11:55 am

MASSENA -- Two state representatives will be in Massena on Thursday to join the mayor and tour the former Slavin’s building, which is getting renovated with a $500,000 state grant.

That day at 3 p.m., Mayor Timmy J. Currier, Sen. Joseph A. Griffo, R-Rome and Assemblywomen Addie A.E. Jenne, D-Theresa and other local officials will visit the building at the corner of Main and Water streets.

Supported by a half-million dollars Restore NY Communities Initiative Grant, the vacant 12,000 square-foot building is being renovated into a mixed-use commercial and residential property.

A significant portion of the former Slavin’s furniture store, which occupied nearly the entire block on Water Street from 1920 to 2000, was demolished in 2010 by order of the Village of Massena Board of Trustees.

In May 2013, the Village of Massena entered into an agreement with Downtown Massena LLC, which would work to find tenants and redevelop the property.

“When Currier took office, he considered the Slavin’s building a priority and began to work with the Village’s strategic development team and the Downtown Massena LLC to identify funding sources,” according to a news release from the mayor’s office.

In September 2016, the Board of Trustees authorized the mayor to apply for the Restore New York Communities Initiative funds, which was awarded in January.