2016-11-16 / News

CWC moves ahead on building design

Margaretville — The Catskill Watershed Corp. (CWC) Board of Directors on November 1 authorized a contract with Keystone Associates of Binghamton to provide architectural, engineering, and space-planning services for a proposed new CWC headquarters building on county Route 38 in Arkville.

The building is envisioned to house CWC staff as well as some staff from the NYC Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) and a Water Discovery Center exhibit area. Keystone will be paid up to $100,000 for its services, which will include a stormwater plan.

Funds for Lexington

The Board also authorized a $20,000 grant under the Sustainable Communities program to allow The Town of Lexington to explore options for relocating a portion of the hamlet of Lexington out of the flood plain.

The Lexington Hamlet Revitalization Project will provide community residents and businesses an opportunity to share their vision for the future of the hamlet, which was badly damaged by flooding in 2011.

A Local Flood Analysis completed in May of this year identified several flood mitigation measures including relocation of flood prone structures, which may be eligible for FEMA or NYC Watershed buyout programs. These are structures within flood hazard areas along the Schoharie Creek on the South side of the NYS Highway 42 bridge (primarily those along County Highway 13A).

The CWC-funded planning project will help residents and local officials visualize where relocations may be possible, how local codes can be modified to facilitate relocations within or bordering the hamlet, and encourage commercial and business investments there.

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