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Posted on: May 16, 2018

Cohoes applies for downtown revitalization money

COHOES, N.Y. (NEWS10) - The City of Cohoes is hoping to get a major boost for the state to revitalize the downtown area.

It's a chunk of money leaders have applied for twice before unsuccessfully.

City leaders say Cohoes is growing but after that massive fire that ripped through this downtown area just months ago, the $10 million dollars would mean more now than ever before.

For those who consider themselves "Cohoes Proud", nothing was more heartbreaking than seeing blocks of Remsen Street up in flames.

Mike Jacobson is the Director of Economic and Community Development for the city and says $10 million from the governor's Downtown Revitalization Initiative would help fill that hole.

"There's no greater end use for that $10 million than to rebuild the southern gateway to the downtown."

Even with the tragedy that put community staples like Smith's and Yuan Sushi out of commission for months, a dozen new businesses have opened in Cohoes over the past year.

"We've done an enormous amount of work to bring our downtown back to life and $10 million would be transformational for us."

Mayor Shawn Morse says Cohoes has the perfect potential for the governor's plan.

"A downtown that can truly be transformed into part of the upstate economy."

So without much outside help, the city has been able to invest in new parks, bring the Cohoes Music Hall back to life, and plan groundbreakings for new housing projects.

"We don't have a lot of resources. What we have is a lot of ideas a lot of thinking out of the box."

The mayor and Jacobson don't want to do it alone. They say it's crucial for the community to have a voice.

"Everything that we've done to revitalize our city is to invite our city to be part of it."

They feel optimistic that soon, the governor will see what it really means to be Cohoes proud.

"It's pretty safe to say that if the governor sees what we see, he'll feel the types of things that we feel. So I'm optimistic."

A meeting will be held at Cohoes Music Hall Thursday from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m.

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