Waterfront Revitalization Promotes Long-Term Economic Stability

The waterfront town of Clayton, New York, and the village of Clayton within the town, serve as the centerpiece of the Thousand Islands region. With common goals of increasing public access to the St. Lawrence River, revitalizing downtown, and protecting significant fish and wildlife habitat, the two entities developed a joint waterfront revitalization program and harbor management plan in cooperation with New York State’s Coastal Management Program.

Nine grants totaling more than $2 million from the New York State Environmental Protection Fund subsidized projects that included the renovation of the historic 1903 opera house, and the construction of a pedestrian walkway and waterfront pavilion, a breakwater to protect the village docks, and a regional docking facility equipped for cruise ships. The remediation and redevelopment of the former Frink America snowplow factory, an 8-acre brownfield site, included the construction of the riverfront Thousand Islands Harbor Hotel, part of a $20 million private investment component. (2016)

Partners: Empire State Development, New York Homes and Community Renewal, New York State Coastal Management Program, New York State Department of Transportation, New York State Dormitory Authority, New York State Energy Research and Development Authority, New York State Office of Parks, Recreation, and Historic Preservation, St. Lawrence Seaway Development Corporation, U.S. Department of Agriculture Rural Development, U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Boating Infrastructure Grant Program, Village and Town of Clayton