Troy’s historic assets are part of the city’s resurging downtown business climate. But one old structure could prove to be a serious detriment: the city’s 1922 seawall. The aging barrier was damaged by Tropical Storm Irene, and its questionable ability to guard against flooding and protect nearby buildings and sewer systems is a priority for U.S. Sen. Charles Schumer, who was in Troy on Tuesday (April 15) to urge the Federal Emergency Management Agency to allocate $6.7 million to stabilize the seawall with much-needed repairs.
The seawall’s deterioration is a threat to the many waterfront businesses of Troy’s downtown revitalization, said Schumer. Troy has approximately $50 million in additional public and private construction projects lined up; federal funding could provide additional protective measures such as encasing the seawall in corrugated steel.
“This is exactly the kind of project we had in mind when we crafted and fought to pass the Hurricane Sandy relief bill,” said Schumer.
Schumer inspected the soon-to-be-developed site of the old city hall above the seawall with Mayor Lou Rosamilia, where they were joined by members of the city council and local business operators. Schumer then gave a speech at the Arts Center of the Capital Region on River Street, emphasizing the need for federal assistance for the city to prevent a possible disaster.
“FEMA should quickly approve this grant because when critical infrastructure like the Troy seawall is in need . . . there simply isn’t time to waste.”