ROTTERDAM: Town vows to keep small business vital

Tommasone said he hopes to attract businesses that will go along with the larger corporations already at Commerce Park like the Golub Corporation, Railex and Fedex.

The town is also applying for Restore NY money during the second round of funding. Tommasone said the money would be used to rehabilitate the old Curry Road shopping plaza. The town agreed on a proposal by Polito Homes and Columbia Development Companies to turn the old plaza into a multi-use complex with 94 condominium units, retail and professional office space.

According to the Restore NY Web site, $100 million is available for this round of funding.

Tommasone hopes that the Grand Union property on Hamburg Street will be the focus of the town's application for the next round of Restore NY money. Tommasone said the property wasn't ready for this round because there wasn't a clear plan to restore it.

"Rather than put in an application that may not get funded, we want to be in the running to get funding every time," Tommasone said.

The IDA voted to have Synthesis, the design firm that is already studying the corridor, create two proposals to restore the property. The idea is to turn the area into a mixed-use center that would be the focus of the Hamburg Street business district.

"I understand that the owners (of the Grand Union property) have put a lot of private investment into cleaning it up," Tommasone said. "I want to make sure that I do what I can to revitalize Hamburg Street it has been a focus for me." ""

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