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ROTTERDAM: Mabee Farm gets ed center

"We are looking at every opportunity to enhance the area," Tommasone said. "I support their [the historical society's] efforts wholeheartedly."

Tommasone said the town has applied for a state grant worth more than $100,000 to assist in the growth of the area. The various amenities including the river, the canal and more than 70 acres of town-owned land, including a large body of water, gives the area many possibilities for growth.

"We are looking at the junction as a beautiful piece of property along the river with enormous potential," Tommasone said.

The town's plan is to revitalize the area, but it does need a lot of work including infrastructure to entice businesses and people to live, work and play in the area.

"We have so many opportunities to utilize the canal and river and Route 5S appropriately to attract new business and help the businesses that are already there," Tommasone said.

The supervisor said he envisions new business, more people and the possibility for park land to allow people to picnic with their families or jog along the river, maybe even row a boat.

"When I think about that whole area I get excited," he said.

Tommasone said he is excited about the historical society's plans because he views it as one more thing that will help attract people into the area.

"It is an opportunity for the town to attract people from outside the area to come and discover the Mabee House and the land along the river," Tom-masone said. ""

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