On Friday, April 19, 2019 Governor Cuomo and legislative leaders announced Round 4 of the Downtown Revitalization Initiative (DRI). This initiative will support 10 additional downtown neighborhoods, one in each region of the state, boosting local economies and fostering vibrant neighborhoods that offer a higher quality of life. The initiative is Governor Cuomo’s multi-agency approach to transform vulnerable, vacant or forgotten areas of the state into livable, walkable, dynamic neighborhoods.
Following the announcement, City Officials have responded saying they will apply for funds. “Ogdensburg is fortunate to already have a lot of documented public input through the Brownfield Opportunity Area, the Local Waterfront Revitalization Plan, and Oswegatchie Blueway Trail outreach processes. All of that input is still current, and the City has addressed some of the suggested actions already, which positions Ogdensburg well in terms of showing commitment to the vision and concepts for which the City will be seeking DRI funding,” said Mayor Wayne L. Ashley.
The City held an open meeting to solicit public input on the community vision and potential projects for the application on Monday, May 13th. Additionally, public comments were accepted at both May meetings of the City Council.
Regional Councils will weigh seven criteria to select DRI nominees:
(1) The downtown should be compact, with well-defined boundaries;
(2) The downtown is able to capitalize on prior or catalyze future private and public investment in the neighborhood and its surrounding areas;
(3) There should be recent or impending job growth within, or in close proximity to the downtown that can attract workers to the downtown, support redevelopment and make growth sustainable;
(4) The downtown must be an attractive and livable community for diverse populations of all ages, including existing residents, millennials and skilled workers;
(5) The municipality should already embrace or have the ability to create and implement policies that increase livability and quality of life, including the use of local land banks, modern zoning codes and parking standards, complete streets plans, energy efficient projects, green jobs and transit-oriented development;
(6) The municipality should have conducted an open and robust community engagement process resulting in a vision for downtown revitalization and a preliminary list of projects and initiatives that may be included in a DRI strategic investment plan; and
(7) The municipality has identified trans-formative projects that will be ready for implementation with an infusion of DRI funds within the first one to two years.
Once a community has been awarded, a Local Planning Committee (LPC), comprised of local leaders, stakeholders and key government officials will be established to oversee the development of a strategic plan for downtown revitalization.
The feedback obtained at these meetings will help shape a vision for Ogdensburg’s downtown revitalization, as well as a preliminary list of projects and initiatives that may be included in a DRI Strategic Investment Plan.
DRI funds will be used to implement projects recommended by the LPCs and should reinforce and secure additional public and private investments within and near downtown neighborhoods to build upon growth spurred by the Regional Councils.
To see a map of the proposed DRI boundaries, click on the "Proposed Boundaries Map" link.