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Downtown Revitalization Initiative

Plattsburgh Mayor Colin Read
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Plattsburgh Mayor Colin Read is now holding weekly press conferences and on Thursday planned to update city residents on downtown redevelopment progress.  But the conversation was overshadowed by concerns about the coronavirus.  There have been no positive tests for the virus in Clinton or Essex counties as of Friday. Read issued a joint executive order with Saranac Lake’s mayor detailing their response plans to the pandemic.  Mayor Read, a Democrat, tells WAMC North Country Bureau Chief Pat Bradley the goal is to implement the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommendations for social distancing.

Schenectady City Hall
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The first meeting of a committee tasked with exploring how to spend a $10 million state grant will meet in Schenectady this week.

Plattsburgh Citizens Coalition logo on a projection
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The Plattsburgh Citizens Coalition formed in July to oppose the current Downtown Revitalization Initiative development plan and advocate for an alternative that is closer to the one that was initially offered. The group held an informational meeting Wednesday to give a status report on the current development.

Albany Mayor Kathy Sheehan and other officials celebrate the grand opening of 280 North Pearl with a ribbon-cutting.
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The revitalization of downtown Albany took a step forward this week with the grand opening of a new apartment building under construction since 2016.

Plattsburgh's Durkee Street parking lot
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The Plattsburgh Citizens Coalition will hold an information session tonight on the city’s Downtown Redevelopment Initiative project.  As WAMC’s North Country Bureau Chief Pat Bradley reports, the group formed this summer when opposition to the current redevelopment plan boiled over.

Plattsburgh City Hall
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The city of Plattsburgh won $10 million in the first round of New York Downtown Revitalization Initiative grants.  A major part of the redevelopment will occur at the Durkee Street parking lot in the city center.  An advisory committee has been working on recommendations to deal with the loss, shuffling and management changes of the nearly 300 spaces expected to be impacted. The Plattsburgh Common Council accepted their recommendations at its Thursday meeting.

New York Lt. Governor Kathy Hochul at Cap Rep.
WAMC photo by Dave Lucas

A project to renovate a section of downtown Albany home to two theaters is continuing.

Streetscape and riverfront renderings
Saratoga Associates

In 2016, the city of Plattsburgh was among the first communities in New York to receive a $10 million Downtown Revitalization Initiative grant. While there has been considerable debate over plans for the Durkee Street Parking lot, a 3.4-acre site at the center of the redevelopment area, other areas will be refurbished.  On Monday evening, developers presented an overview of streetscape and riverfront access plans.

City residents protest Durkee Street redevelopment plans
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In July 2016, the city of Plattsburgh was one of the first cities in New York state to receive a $10 million Downtown Revitalization Initiative – or DRI – grant.  Much of the development funds target the Durkee Street Parking lot. But controversy surrounds the city’s decision to award a contract to a private developer that will result in the loss of the city’s primary parking lot.  Opponents of the plan protested in front of City Hall Thursday evening.

Oneonta Mayor Gary Herzig delivered his annual State of the City address Tuesday night. 

Prime Companies Vice President Todd Curley describes Durkee Street redevelopment proposal
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One of the key areas in Plattsburgh to be redeveloped with New York state Downtown Revitalization Initiative funding is a large parking lot between the city center and the Saranac River. The project’s developer recently laid out the plans during a public forum.

NY Lieutenant Governor Kathy Hochul visits Plattsburgh
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The day after she announced a $10 million Downtown Revitalization Initiative award in Amsterdam and hours after doing the same in Albany, New York Lieutenant Governor Kathy Hochul was in Plattsburgh Thursday to examine projects supported by the first round of awards in 2016.

From left to right: State Senator George Amedore, State Assemblyman Angelo Santabarbara, Lieutenant Governor Kathy Hochul, Amsterdam Mayor Mike Villa, Montgomery County Executive Matt Ossenfort
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The City of Amsterdam has won a transformative grant from New York state to make major upgrades to its downtown.

Courtesy of the office of NYS Governor Andrew Cuomo

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo was in Kingston Monday, announcing funding for projects in the city’s Stockade District. The money is part of the state’s Downtown Revitalization Initiative. The projects are intended to provide amenities for the community. They also aim to improve walkability and transportation access.

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The City of Troy is seeking input from residents as it puts together an application for New York’s Downtown Revitalization Initiative. The effort by the Cuomo administration awards a total of $100 million, split between 10 communities.

Mayor Morse
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Six months after a massive fire leveled dozens of buildings, the city of Cohoes is applying to the third round of New York Governor Andrew Cuomo's $100 million Downtown Revitalization Initiative. 

Jeremiah Ward addresses Plattsburgh City Council 3-1-18
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During its weekly meeting Thursday, the Plattsburgh Common Council approved the submission of a parking study from consultants. Some downtown business owners oppose it.

Jon Forster presents parking report to Plattsburgh city residents
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As part of its $10 million state Downtown Revitalization Initiative award, the city of Plattsburgh plans to redevelop the Durkee street parking lot adjacent to the Saranac River. But a downtown food co-op is concerned that the plan to revamp parking will hurt business.

Courtesy of the Office of New York Governor Andrew Cuomo

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo was in Kingston Wednesday, announcing that the city is a winner of the second round of the Downtown Revitalization Initiative. The award of $10 million in funding and investments will go toward invigorating the city’s Stockade District.

Composite Image by Dave Lucas (WAMC)

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo's office says he was joking when he said the state would give millions more in funding to help struggling cities revitalize their downtowns.

Plattsburgh Mayor Colin Read
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New York’s lieutenant governor was in Plattsburgh last week for what Mayor Colin Read described as the time to end the concepts phase and begin implementation of the Downtown Revitalization Initiative. Read tells WAMC’s North Country Bureau Chief Pat Bradley that an old gas station will be removed within a few weeks and public interaction will now focus on implementation of redevelopment plans.

Lieutenant Governor Kathy Hochul in Plattsburgh 5-25-17
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New York Lieutenant Governor Kathy Hochul was in Plattsburgh this afternoon to announce the final projects that have been approved for the Downtown Revitalization Initiative awarded to the city last summer.

Kate Collignon presents DRI report to local planning committee
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The Local Planning Committee coordinating the strategy for Plattsburgh’s $10 million Downtown Revitalization Initiative Grant heard an update from the state’s consulting team earlier this week.

Plattsburgh was one of 10 communities statewide to win $10 million under the governor’s $100 million Downtown Revitalization Initiative.  This afternoon, the local planning committee held an organizational meeting with the consulting team, state officials and the public to kick off the planning process.

Democrat Colin Read
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On July 6th, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo announced that the city of Plattsburgh was one of ten cities across the state to win a $10 million downtown revitalization grant.  At the time the Governor said the plan reflects  “…a sense of vibrancy and energy” in the city. But the Democrat challenging Plattsburgh’s incumbent Mayor says the downtown plan needs revisions.

Governor Cuomo announces revitalization grant in Plattsburgh
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Governor Andrew Cuomo was in Plattsburgh today to announce that the city has been awarded $10 million in downtown revitalization funds.

Plattsburgh redevelopment rendering
City of Plattsburgh

The city of Plattsburgh has submitted its plan to obtain $10 million in a statewide competition for downtown revitalization funds.