Ogdensburg's new Mosaic Complex receives $25,000 Main Street Revitalization grant to help with downtown mall revitalization
Wednesday, August 27, 2014 - 5:38 pm

OGDENSBURG -- National Grid and United Helpers has announced a $25,000 Main Street Revitalization Program incentive to help offset construction costs associated with the renovation of a vacant structure in the mall area of downtown Ogdensburg into revitalized, usable space.

United Helpers recently completed the second phase of renovations at the former vacant structure, 100 Ford St., which they are now calling the Mosaic Complex. The facility will house the Mosaic program, to provide living options and services for patients with developmental disabilities, traumatic brain injuries and chronic or persistent mental illnesses.

“National Grid is dedicated to the revitalization of central business districts and commercial corridors right here in Northern New York,” said Melanie Littlejohn, regional executive of National Grid Central New York Division. “Through the company’s Main Street Revitalization Program, we are pleased to aid worthy organizations like United Helpers that provide a valuable service to patients and positive impact to our region.”

A $760,000 investment in the project by United Helpers will help to retain or add 25 jobs for employees who deliver or administer Mosaic services and other United Helpers training programs, as well as help to make business processes more efficient and expand services.

“The National Grid grant was critical to our ability to continue the Mosaic Complex Renovation Project,” United Helpers CEO Stephen Knight said. “The completion of the new facility greatly benefits United Helpers’ staff and residents in many ways.”

United Helpers is not only helping to grow its operations with the new Mosaic Complex, but expects to further contribute to economic development, job retention and growth in downtown Ogdensburg.

Construction of the Mosaic Complex was completed in two phases. The first phase included the renovation of the building structure, while the second phase incorporated the redevelopment of previously unused space with the addition of a fully accessible, developmental and therapeutic gymnasium for residents and meeting rooms for public use. National Grid’s funding helped United Helpers to offset construction and renovation costs of the second phase. Additional renovated space will be used as a secure room to house confidential medical records. Under former practices, patient records were stored at more than 10 different work sites.