Watertown Daily Times (NY)
Community leaders have been debating how to best use the land in Massena where General Motors once stood, an issue that requires serious contemplation.
St. Lawrence County previously received a Brownfield Opportunity Area grant from the New York Department of State to draft a plan for how to use the site. Since the GM plant closed, the property has undergone cleanup efforts to remove contaminated soil.
"The Massena Site Brownfield Opportunity Area Revitalization Plan (Massena BOA) process is building upon the substantial efforts of the North Country Revitalization Task Force, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and site owner RACER Trust to help transform the site into a community asset and a force in driving the recovery of the regional economy," according to information on the website for the Massena Site Brownfield Opportunity Area Revitalization Plan. "Since the closure of the former GM Massena plant in 2009, the North Country Revitalization Task Force has brought together municipalities (town of Massena, village of Massena, St. Lawrence County), St. Regis Mohawk tribal government, businesses, economic development agencies, organized labor and property owners to advance revitalization opportunities for the local economy."
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