Oswego nets $12.6 million from Governor Cuomo's REDI funding for waterfront projects
The City of Oswego has secured $12.6 million in grant funding from Governor Andrew Cuomo's Lake Ontario Resiliency and Economic Development Initiative (REDI) program. The REDI program was established by Governor Cuomo earlier this year for municipalities and residents along Lake Ontario to seek funding to repair damage along the shoreline caused by high water levels and flooding. The funding can also be used to spur economic development projects along the lakeshore.
The City of Oswego submitted an application calling for repair work and large scale improvements to the International Pier, Wright's Landing Marina, and infrastructure repairs. The funding allocated to the City of Oswego will be used to transform the International Pier into a pedestrian friendly boardwalk, allow for large boats to park along the pier, and reinforce the pier structure with sheet piling. The city also received funding for improvements to Wright's Landing Marina including upgrades to the existing pavilion, elevating isolated areas susceptible to flooding and removing the small kayak boat launch to replace with a new fire pit seating area.
"I'm thrilled to have worked with Governor Andrew Cuomo to secure this funding and use the funds to transform the International Pier, improve our marina and repair damage in the marina caused by the high water level and flooding," said Mayor Billy Barlow. "The projects that received funding will completely transform our marina and our waterfront and add to the other waterfront improvement projects we've recently completed. I appreciate Governor Cuomo's continued support in giving Oswego the resources we need to build along our waterfront, allowing us to finally capitalize on being a waterfront community," Barlow said.
Mayor Barlow said following today's award the city will wait for the state's approval to begin moving forward. Following approval, the city will enter the final design phase of the project, develop a scope of work and begin soliciting bids for construction work.