PRIDE director pleased with revitalization effort

TICONDEROGA - It's no secret that thousands of downtowns in rural America continue to experience tough and challenging times in their quest to revitalize their communities. Lack of public and private financial resources, new business development, and the lack of infrastructure investment are among a few areas that plague our communities.

"The town of Ticonderoga has found a winning formula to deal with their downtown revitalization efforts and, simply put, it involves the closely aligned partnerships of Ticonderoga's non-profit organizations and a significant amount of community volunteers," said Sharon Reynolds, executive director of PRIDE of Ticonderoga.

Two Brothers Market at 109 Montcalm St. will hold its grand opening at 10 a.m. Monday, Jan. 31.

"The event is a celebration of Ti's resurgence as a viable, vibrant Adirondack town bringing together an owners commitment and investment in a vacant building in the downtown, a town board who understands the importance of revitalization, a grant award from New York State Housing Trust Fund through PRIDE, and the support from the newly formed Ticonderoga Revitalization Alliance focused on private investment, the Ticonderoga Main Street Partnership, and the Ticonderoga Chamber of Commerce whose many volunteers have spent hundreds of hours working together for the good of the town," Reynolds stated.

The revitalization effort in Ticonderoga is nothing new, Reynolds said. It's been well over a decade that the desire was evident but less than a decade that organizations have come together with one voice, one goal which is to recapture the energy of a busy downtown.

"Looking ahead to the next year, we will see more than 10 renovated facades on downtown buildings with the help of a New York Main Street grant from PRIDE and private investment of downtown building owners; the completion of the Alexandria train trestle conversion into a walking pathway; enhancements to the LaChute River Trail and the Montcalm Street/Lake George Avenue Pocket Park; the painting of the Frazier Bridge and dedication of this historic treasure; and the enhancement of the Moses Circle gateway," Reynolds said.

"But downtown revitalization is not the only area of focus for PRIDE," she said. "We will be investing more than $300,000 this year for home renovations of our many single-family homes occupied by income-qualified families. I believe we cannot be truly a revitalization community unless the town as a whole sees significant investment in our housing and infrastructure."

For more information on the revitalization efforts under way, email PRIDE at sreynolds@prideofticonderoga.org.

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