October 13, 2016 6:15 PM
The local committee examining the use of the $10 million Glens Falls Downtown Revitalization Initiative (DRI) grant is in the workshop phase and seeking public input.
According to application requirements, the grant can be used for "economic development and housing projects in two key geographic areas, and on other projects that have a major impact."
The district identified by the 12-member committee encompasses South Street, from Hudson Avenue to Glen Street, along Glen Street to Park Street and along Hudson Avenue back to South Street, including connecting streets. Two other project areas, identified by the committee, is an "outer district" from Ridge Street (adjacent to The Queensbury Hotel) to Centennial Circle roundabout and east on Warren Street, and the newly defined AWE (arts, wellness and entertainment) District, with to be incorporated into the identified area.
Committee Co-Chairman Omar Usmani indicated that $9.7 million will be used for projects and $300,000 will be used for planning, including market research and project cost estimates. The state designated BFJ Planning of Manhattan and Elan Planning Design and Landscape Architecture of Saratoga Springs as principle consultants for the DRI committee. Both companies have extensive experience in city and urban planning and development.