Contract awarded for design of south side boardwalk DRI project in Amsterdam

By Ashley Onyon | May 5, 2021

AMSTERDAM — Design work for a grant funded boardwalk on the city’s south side along the Mohawk River will get underway with the Common Council’s award of a $72,360 contract to Saratoga Associates.

The concept for the south side realm improvement project was developed during the Downtown Revitalization Initiative planning process and $312,785 from the $10 million DRI grant awarded to the city through the state Department of State will be allocated to the project.

The project has additionally been awarded $150,000 in funding from the state Canal Corporation and $115,696 from National Grid for a total project budget of $578,481.

The project will involve the creation of an elevated walkway or boardwalk alongside the existing levy wall by the Mohawk River to provide enhanced views of the waterway and will connect with the Mohawk Valley Gateway Overlook Pedestrian Bridge. The boardwalk will feature additional amenities to encourage public activity along the northern end of the Chalmers property.

The 3.3 acre Chalmers property was recently purchased by the Amsterdam Industrial Development Agency from KCG Development for approximately $300,000 after support for KCG’s proposal to redevelop the site faltered.

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