Governor Cuomo announces ten transformation projects for Niagara Falls under $ 10 million DRI award
Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today announced 10 transformation projects for Niagara Falls as part of the $ 10 million Downtown Revitalization Initiative award. The strategic investments will strengthen small businesses, support private investment in underused buildings and bring new residential units, commercial space and a hotel to the historic Bridge district. The investments are part of the governor’s ongoing efforts to revitalize the economy in the northern part of the state and create more opportunities for the western region.
“The investments we are making in Niagara Falls as part of the Downtown Revitalization Initiative are a key part of our goal to rebuild New York State better than ever before,” Governor Cuomo said. “Through DRI, we are empowering local communities to realize their vision of downtown areas that offer many business, residential and recreational opportunities for all. These projects will build on the assets that exist in the famous Niagara Falls to help revitalize Western New York. “
Lieutenant Governor Kathy Hochul said: “As a West New Yorker and frequent visitor to Niagara Falls, I know the city is a vital economic asset with so much to offer. Through our downtown revitalization initiative, we are building on Niagara Falls as a world-class tourist destination to create more economic opportunities and further transform the community into a great place to work, play and raise a family. family. “
Niagara Falls was named DRI Round 4 winner in August 2019.The Bridge District, formerly known as North Main Street or The North End, historically served as the downtown Niagara Falls shopping district. Today the district is reborn with revitalization, including the recently completed intermodal station, new waterfront connections and cultural attractions. The DRI will capitalize and complement these improvements, as well as the Robert Moses promenade removal project, by supporting the creation of green spaces, the construction of streetscape improvements with lighting and calming measures. traffic, which will help support planned private investments in the city center. Additional projects will strengthen small businesses, support private investment in underused buildings, bring in new residential units, commercial space and a hotel.
Specific projects to be funded through the Niagara Falls DRI include:
Establish an academic innovation center – 1,100,000 USD: Development of an academic and community space for Niagara University. The facility will include workforce skills training, employment promotion services, English as a second language programs, urban development and planning, small business development, child care childhood and an electronic sports lab.
Convert 1810 + 1812 Main Street into a Boutique Hotel – $ 700,000: Renovation of two vacant buildings on Main Street into a mixed-use development with commercial space and boutique hotel rooms.
Set up a small project grant fund – $ 620,000: Establish and implement a capital improvement grant program for small-scale building improvements throughout the DRI area.
Renovation of Main Street 2025 in mixed-use development – $ 500,000: Renovation of the existing 9,900 square foot building to improve the convenience store, add a storefront on Niagara Street on the first floor and create apartments on the two upper floors.
Redevelop Main Street from 2002 into retail and office space – $ 400,000: Renovation of Main Street in 2002 into a mixed-use building with commercial and community spaces on the first floor as well as modern offices. The first floor community space is available for community gatherings.
Create an outdoor food court and museum at the DiCamillo Bakery – $ 250,000: Creation of a small museum and gallery space, an outdoor dining area, a sidewalk and landscaping improvements at the DiCamillo bakery. Includes the purchase of advanced equipment to increase production.
Improvements to the streetscape on Main Street – $ 3,720,000: Improvements to the streetscape along Main Street, including improving sidewalks, replacing street trees and street furniture, and converting and replacing Main Street lighting poles to LED.
Full implementation of Freedom Plaza and Overlook – $ 1,500,000: Improvements to the site adjacent to the suspension bridge to create a plaza / event space and a view of the Niagara River connecting the trail system and Whirlpool Street. The plan also includes an 18-space parking area for visitors as well as illustrations and interpretive signs.
Launch a public art and place creation initiative – $ 615,000: Public art wall installations on seven properties in the DRI zone to enhance the creation of places and the public realm.
Create a public square on Main Street at Cleveland Avenue – $ 295,000: Create a plaza and event space, including public artwork, movable furniture, special paving, and landscaping in front of the public security building.
Niagara Falls has developed a strategic investment plan to revitalize its downtown area with $ 300,000 in planning funds from the $ 10 million DRI grant. A local planning committee made up of municipal representatives, community leaders and other stakeholders led the effort, supported by a team of private sector experts and state planners. The Niagara Falls Strategic Investment Plan examined local strengths and opportunities and identified economic development, transportation, housing and community projects that align with the community’s vision for downtown revitalization and which are about to be implemented.
The DRI projects are the latest example of Governor Cuomo’s continued engagement in the Western Region.
New York Secretary of State Rossana Rosado said: “Niagara Falls is one of the greatest attractions in the world and these projects will make it a more enjoyable experience for residents and visitors. The Downtown Revitalization Initiative projects are bringing the next level of development for this historic community and creating an economic boom for the entire western New York area. “
New York State Housing and Community Renewal Commissioner Ruth Anne Visnauskas said: “DRI’s funding opens the possibility for communities to be reborn. The beauty of the Governor’s program is that it is driven by local stakeholders, which allows growth and redevelopment efforts to be holistically determined by those who know the community and its needs best. The ten award-winning projects in Niagara Falls will benefit residents, visitors and businesses and bring new opportunities and economic growth where it matters most. “
Niagara Falls City Mayor Robert Restaino said: “I am grateful for the Governor’s continued commitment to the Downtown Revitalization Initiative with the selection of these dynamic projects for Niagara Falls. These projects, which were chosen with great community participation, will breathe new life into the community by investing in our cultural and historical assets so that our residents and visitors can continue to enjoy them for years to come. “
About the Downtown Revitalization Initiative
In 2016, Governor Andrew Cuomo launched a major new initiative: the Downtown Revitalization Initiative. Through the DRI, the Governor set out to aggressively accelerate and scale up the revitalization of city centers and neighborhoods to serve as hubs of activity and catalysts for investment in the ten regions of the State. The DRI represents an unprecedented and innovative plan-to-act strategy that combines strategic planning with immediate implementation.
In the first four years of DRI, the state pledged to invest $ 400 million in downtown areas ready to be revitalized and likely to become magnets for redevelopment, business, job creation, greater economic and residential diversity and opportunities. Participating communities are nominated by the state’s ten regional economic development councils based on downtown’s transformative potential, and each community receives $ 10 million to develop a downtown strategic investment plan and implement implementing key catalytic projects that advance the community’s vision for revitalization. The DRI is chaired by New York Secretary of State Rossana Rosado. Communities receive support from private sector experts and a team of state agencies led by the State Department in close partnership with Empire State Development and NYS Homes and Community Renewal.
More information on the downtown revitalization initiative is available here.