Monday, September 9, 2013

Middleburgh's Business Community Reaches Pre-Flood Level

The Village of Middleburgh has reached a major milestone in its recovery. Two years ago Hurricane Irene smashed much of Middleburgh's business district, leaving six merchants out of business.

Facing this crisis, the Village launched its ambitious business recovery program in April 2012 and is now seeing results. The initiative freed up projects in varying states of decay, including the recent closeout of the almost $200,000 NYS Main Street Grant and over $50,000 in zero percent loans. The project also created the Middleburgh Area Business Association and new events.

Now a year and a half into the program, a major milestone. Middleburgh has seen the number of businesses in the Village equal that of before Hurricane Irene. The news comes as the accounting services of Valley Tax and Accounting announced their opening on Main Street later this year. The owner, Francis Pipczynski, has been in negotiations with the Mayor's office for four months to replace the Joseph Muniz accounting services lost in the flood.

There are still other needs in the community, including a grocery store. Still, it is a large step in the right direction.

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