May 18, 2024

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Portion of Ogdensburg’s Main Street parcel sold to make way for brewery | St. Lawrence County

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OGDENSBURG — The Ogdensburg City Council agreed to sell part of a vacant property on Main Street, land that used to house the former Garns supply building, to a developer eyeing a brewery.

The City Council, following a public hearing, sold a portion of 17 Main St. for $10,000 to William D. Hosmer for River Street Brewing Company. The entire lot is nearly an acre in size. The lot Mr. Hosmer would be purchasing is .58 acres in size.

Voting for the sale were Mayor Jeffrey M. Skelly, Deputy Mayor Steven M. Fisher, and Councilors John A. Rishe, William B. Dillabough, Daniel E. Skamperle and Nichole L. Kennedy. Councilor Michael B. Powers was excused from the meeting.

Following the meeting, Mr. Hosmer said he was looking forward to moving the project forward.

“We are very excited to move forward with this project and to develop the marina district. We look forward to bringing a brewery to Ogdensburg,” he said.

Last December, City Council had accepted the lone Request for Proposals (RFP) jointly submitted by River Street Brewing Company and At The Docks, LLC, to develop the Main Street property. The property is nearly an acre in size and would be sub-divided to allow for two projects.

River Street Brewing Company, which would retain the western portion of the property, would build a 2,200 square-foot brewery and taproom that would include outdoor greenspace for possible outside seating and future expansion.

Chris and Mike Frary with At The Docks, LLC, would build an 8,000-square-foot storage facility on the eastern portion of the property, and it would be in “conjunction with the development of the Hotel and Marina across the street which will house Marina equipment during the winter months and maintenance equipment for the proposed hotel to create a more aesthetic look to the marina property,” according to the RFP.

That portion of 17 Main St. is currently being worked on for a future sale.

During the public hearing, Mr. Hosmer spoke about the project and timelines that depend on the prompt sale of the property.

“Over the course of the last three or four months, we’ve done our due diligence. We believe we have received preliminary site plan approval. We’ve secured the financing to develop this site. We believe that the development of this is in line with the overall development of the Marina District and/or LWRP,” Mr. Hosmer said. “We’re looking to move forward in order to receive site plan approval, final site plan approval; we will need the sale to move forward in the council. We’re looking for that to happen tonight.”

Mr. Hosmer added that if the sale was approved, then construction was slated to begin in late May or early June.

He thanked city staff, including Planner Andrea L. Smith, who walked them through the process.

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