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Brownfield Survey Seeks Residents’ Input

December 4, 2019

A new survey is being done to determine future redevelopment strategies for inclusion in the Canton Brownfield Opportunity Area (BOA) Step 2 study.

The Village and Town of Canton Economic Development Steering Committee wants to know the public’s priorities for redevelopment and economic revitalization of the BOA, which includes Canton’s historic downtown and Grasse River corridor. The committee also serves as the project steering committee.

The survey seeks opinions about traffic and traffic safety in the Village as well as activities survey respondents enjoy on the river corridor and in the Village’s parks. Open-ended questions invite input on what respondents like most and would most like to change about the area inside the BOA boundary.

The Canton Brownfield Opportunity Community Survey is available here

“It’s crucial that we get the input of residents and stakeholders so that the final plan reflects strategies people will support to redevelop and revitalize the BOA study area,” said Economic Development Director Leigh Rodriguez. “The BOA has so many assets and we need to build upon those strengths to invigorate the local economy.”

The New York State BOA Program is designed to help communities complete revitalization plans and implementation strategies for areas affected by the presence of contaminated and potentially contaminated sites and vacant and abandoned sites, and to complete environmental studies of strategic brownfield sites.

The Pre-Nomination Step 1 study for the Brownfield Opportunity Area was completed in 2011. The Step 2 study carries the assessments in that plan forward and will include economic and market trends analyses, as well as identification and reuse potentials for strategic sites in the BOA that could be catalysts for revitalization.

The survey is one element of a broad public input program for the BOA. Public workshops, steering committee meetings and interactive site tours as well as participation in community events such as the farmers market and Remington Festival of the Arts are also part of the program. Additional information about upcoming events will be posted on the Village of Canton Brownfield Opportunity Area Facebook page.

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For more information and to receive a printed copy of the survey, contact Leigh Rodriguez, Village and Town of Canton Director of Economic Development by phone at (315) 386-2871 x5 and email at

This information was prepared for the Village and Town of Canton and the New York State Department of State with state funds provided through the Brownfield Opportunity Areas Program.


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