The Making of the Philmont Waterfront Plan - BOA Step 2. Nomination
"Conserving Our Past to Revitalize Our Future"
March 20, 2012: The Village of Philmont was included in an announcement made by Governor Andrew M. Cuomo of $3.45 million in grants through the "Brownfield Opportunity Areas" (BOA) program for 15 communities throughout the state. The grants will help create jobs, support environmental remediation, revitalize communities, and expand the tax base in distressed neighborhoods that have been adversely affected by brownfield sites. If Philmont is of interest to you click here to see "What is a BOA and how will it impact me?"
Brownfields are dormant properties where contamination has impeded redevelopment, turning the properties into economic and environmental drains on localities. The BOA grants support programs aimed at redeveloping brownfields.
"Turning brownfields into vibrant sites that attract investment and create jobs is another step in our mission to rebuild the economy of New York State," Governor Cuomo said. "These grants will revitalize communities throughout the state, provide opportunities for crucial economic development, and allow businesses and neighborhoods to thrive once more. As these individual communities are restored, New York State as a whole will prosper." Read more
Village Hall 3pm - 5pm
Oct 17, Heritage Interpretation Milsetone Heritage Consulting
Oct 24, Hydro Possibilties HydroPower Consulting
Nov 7, Repowering Philmont's Future with Water - Scenic Hudson
Nov 18, Open House 11am - 7pm
The Village of Philmont intends to complete a Nomination Strategy for an area with two potential brownfield sites that are located within the Summit Reservoir Revitalization Area. The area includes the Summit Reservoir, a 21 acre, publicly owned body of water, a critical public amenity, and as such a center catalyst for the area as a natural resource.
The primary community revitalization objectives to be achieved by this project include, among other objectives:
1. Creating a sustainable community in Philmont and the Summit Reservoir Area to minimize immediate and long-term impacts on the environment. This community has the potential to harness micro-hydro to decrease the ecological footprint through sustainable energy sources.
2. Creating a community based informed revitalization blue print for the area to include a thorough and in-depth analysis of existing conditions in the area.
3. Producing an economic trend s analysis that recognizes current trends in Philmont, such as, local farming, farm based education, alternative health care and practitioners, and the resurgence of fine craft based trade enterprises.
4. Produce a plan for the reuse potential for properties located in the area with an emphasis on the identification and reuse potential of strategic brownfield sites as catalysts for revitalization.
Anticipated community benefits resulting from this project include creating a plan for a livable neighborhood. This will assist with the attraction of future investments aimed at new uses such as housing stock restoration, retail, commercial and public amenities, such as, the restoration of Summit Reservoir and lake-side parks to improve the quality of life and economic development for the community.
Village of Philmont appointed Executive Steering Committee
Larry Ostrander, Village of Philmont Trustee, Steering Committee Co-Chair
Barbara Sagal , Village of Philmont Trustee, Steering Committee Co-Chair
Sally Baker, Resident of Philmont, PB Inc., Project Management and Administrator
Kathy Abeyatunge, Resident of Philmont, PB Inc., Project Management Assistant
Jean Giblette, Resident of Philmont, Executive Director, High Falls Gardens
Peter Paden, Resident of Ghent, Executive Director, Columbia County Land Conservancy
Thomas Paino, Resident of Philmont
Chris Reed, Resident of Philmont
Christine Vanderlan, Columbia Land Conservancy
Request for Proposals 070913 pdf
Request for Qualifications 010313 pdf
DRAFT #1 Community Participation Plan - November 2014 pdf
Summit Reservoir Area Revitalization Community Presentation October 2012 pdf
Protection of Waters Program - Dept of Environmental Conservation
The SEQR Handbook - Dept of Environmental Conservation pdf
SEQR Flowchart - Dept of Environmental Conservation pdf
The SEQR Cookbook - A Step by Step Discussion of the Basic SEQR Process - pdf
Guide to Planning and Zoning Laws of New York State - James A. Coon Local Governement Technical Series
Planning Board Overview - NYS Department of State, Division of Local Government Services pdf
Executive Steering Committee Meetings:
4/13/2013 Agenda Summary #5 (approved)
10/01/15 Progress Brochure
Reports and Studies of Summit Lake (reservoir)
10/17/15 Local Workshop: Linking Past & Future: Historic Interpretation
Rediscovering Philmont's industrial history of harnessing water power, presented by Matthew Kierstead of Milestone Heritage Consulting. Matt Kierstead is an industrial historian and recognized authority on the cultural role of industrial heritage, including the revitalization of historic mills, and cleanup of the mining and quarrying industries in the Northeast. He will be presenting on Philmont's historic mills and re-purposing mills and waterways of Summit Lake and Agawamuck Creek.
10/24/15 Local Workshop: Philmont's Micro-hydro Possibilities
An in-depth look at the potential for micro-hydro presented by Hydropower Consulting
Specialists. Celeste Fay, principal engineer and environmental protection and mitigation
specialist, was one of ten influential women recognized in 2014 by the PennWell's Hydro
Group as having unique talents and vision making significant contributions for the use of
micro-hydro in the US. Hydropower Consulting is currently assembling a micro-hydro
assessment of Summit Lake Dam and waterways of the historic canals and holding ponds in
11/07/15 Local Workshop: Repowering Philmont's Future with Water
Examples of other communities restoring their waterfronts, presented by Jeff Anzevino, AICP, Scenic Hudson. Based on the beautifully illustrated Scenic Hudson book, Revitalizing Hudson Riverfronts: Illustrated Conservation & Development Strategies for Creating Healthy,Prosperous Communities, this presentation will show how communities in upstate New York are working to enhance and preserve the unique qualities of their waterfronts, and how revitalization of Summit Lake and its historic mills can stimulate the village economy, connect people to the waterfront, protect the environment, and offerredevelopment potential for Philmont.
11/18/15 - An Open House was held in the Village Hall taking public comment for presented concept and framework plans, including, See Summary Notes
PBI Project Management Reports:
11/10/2014 - Village Board Meeting project report
12/08/2014 -Village Board Meeting project report
02/09/2015 - Village Board Meeting project report
12/14/2015 - Village Board Meeting project report
01/11/2016 - Village Board Meeting project report
2003 Village of Philmont Comprehensive Plan:
Footnote: Unfortunately, 3 sections available as PDF documents are missing from the Comprehensive Plan. (printed copies of the 2003 Village of Philmont Comprehensive Plan are available for purchase at the Village Office)
Missing sections include:
History of Philmont
Living in Philmont
Getting Around Philmont