City of Oswego waiting to see what comes of ‘REDI’ funding

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OSWEGO, N.Y. (WSYR-TV) — The City of Oswego is waiting on New York State to see if it will receive funding to fix damage from flooding along Lake Ontario.

Last week, City of Oswego Mayor Billy Barlow announced the City submitted a proposal for the state’s $300 million Resiliency and Economic Development Initiative (REDI). REDI was announced earlier this year and through the program, municipalities have the opportunity to apply for funding to repair the damage that has been done due to high water and flooding and can propose new economic development projects along the lakeshore to stimulate the local economy and take advantage of waterfront property.

The City of Oswego’s proposal would total about $17 million. The money would be used to repair damage to municipal infrastructure in the City’s Wright’s Landing Marina and proposes to transform the International Pier into a state-of-the-art boardwalk, while elevating areas of the marina to reduce the risk of flooding, and adding to the amenities currently offered in the marina.

Oswego is also looking for a new fire pit and picnic area, an enhanced recreation pavilion with enhanced amenities, significant investments in repairs to the marina including elevating the marina in certain areas, the installation of sheet piling to prevent shoreline erosion, and the relocation, repair and replacement of boat slips and docks in the marina that received damage in both 2017 and 2019.

A building, possibly a restaurant, in Wright’s Marina is also being proposed.

“This grant opportunity gives us the ability to put together our vision and lobby for it for some state funding,” Barlow said.

Several of the projects are ones the City of Oswego has already planned and brought to the public. With state funding available, Barlow believes they fit the mold of what the state wants to use the money for.

It’s unclear if or when the state will decide to fund any of the projects.

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