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Newcomb seeks a revival: Turns to The Chazen Companies

"There is opportunity for development here," he said. "I could easily see 500-600 new homes being built here if this plan is conducted successfully."

Messinger cited the positives of living in Newcomb. He listed the beauty, the low taxes, the strong school system and the opportunity for industry in National Lead and forestry among other things.

Newcomb was crippled by the closing of the National Lead mine about 30 years ago. Hundreds of people moved away from the town and the hemorrhage continued in the years to follow, shrinking the school system to what it is today.

Messinger also acknowledged the aging population, the harsh weather and the lack of convenient services available as things to improve upon.

"But it's all workable," he said.

The Chazen Companies defined four major benchmarks for the town of Newcomb. One is to redevelop their job market, two is to improve the appearance of the town, three is to create infrastructure and lastly to become a tourism destination through marketing and branding.

Specifically, Messinger presented creative ideas to attract both businesses and people to the area. He also accepted public comments and ideas, which included establishing an emphasis on the arts and creating a horseback riding trail system.

"This is a big picture plan designed to develop sustainability through analysis," said Messinger. "The people in the town of Newcomb are enthused and have a lot of energy to invest in this project."

Newcomb's comprehensive plan can be found on their website at www.newcombny.com.

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