Ulster County businesses get CWC help

Margaretville — Two Ulster County businesses were awarded low-interest loans, and a third will be reimbursed for repairs to storm water controls damaged by the August 28 flood, following actions taken by the Catskill Watershed Corporation (CWC) Board of Directors on January 3.
A REDI Loan of $873,733 to Birchwood Lodge, Inc. will go towards improvements to Yogi Bear’s Jellystone Park Campground in the hamlet of Greenfield Park, Town of Wawarsing. Owner Michael Zalkin will use the funds in part to purchase five new lodging units for the campground, which employs 42 people. A CWC loan in 2011 provided funds for grounds improvements and building repairs.

Mark Susczynski and Kimberly Weeks, partners in Elm Rock, Ltd, were awarded a $150,000 REDI Loan to acquire SparrowHawk Bed and Breakfast in Stone Ridge. The new owners will continue the B&B, will renovate a carriage house for additional rentals and plan to add an onsite restaurant and catering facility to the property, located at 4494 state Route 209.

The Copperhood Inn and Spa on Route 28, Town of Shandaken, will receive $12,105 to repair a culvert and riprap along the Esopus Creek that tore through the property during Tropical Storm Irene. The storm water controls, required under NYC Watershed regulations, were originally installed in 2004.

The CWC is a nonprofit Local Development Corporation based in Margaretville. It is committed to protecting water resources, encouraging environmentally friendly economic development and supporting watershed education in the New York City Watershed West of the Hudson River, a region encompassing parts of five counties – Delaware, Greene, Schoharie, Sullivan and Ulster.
To learn more about other CWC programs to assist residents and businesses in the New York City Watershed West of the Hudson River, visit www.cwconline.org.