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ROTTERDAM: Exit to boosted tax base

The town received a $25,000 grant this year from CDTC to study the area surrounding Exit 26 near Rotterdam Junction.

Officials say the water tank in the Junction needs to be replaced before any development can occur, a project that is going to cost residents about $2 million.

"The planning board would be irresponsible to approve large-scale development in the Junction without forcing the developer to contribute to the cost of replacing the water tank," Tommasone said.

Tommasone sees Rotterdam Junction as an area with great potential for recreational activities because of the proximity to the Mohawk River and Erie Canal.

In addition to money from CDTC, the town has also received $40,000 from the state Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation to update Kiwanis Park and is applying for a $150,000 brownfields grant.

"The two things I really want to do while in office is help revitalize Hamburg Street and Rotterdam Junction," Tommasone said. ""

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