Ever since Glens Falls was chosen as the winner of a $10 million revitalization initiative last August, many of us have been wondering how the funds will be used. Although South Street has been the focal point of discussions, other parts of downtown Glens Falls have been considered as well. Now, after many months of waiting, NY State has finally revealed the eight winning projects!
Photo Credit: Office of Gov. Cuomo
Transforming Downtown Glens Falls
The reason NY State chose the City of Glens Falls as the recipient of this award was because it would give a strong boost to a growing urban center. Glens Falls is known for its thriving Arts, Wellness, and Entertainment District, and this state grant has the potential to attract even more businesses and help out the area’s job market.
The $10 million award included up to $300,000 in planning funds for the city to determine which projects would be most beneficial. Referred to by some as the “Street of Dreams,” South Street was recognized as a key site for future revitalization and building restoration.
In late May 2017, the Office of Gov. Cuomo announced, in collaboration with the City of Glens Falls, which projects will receive the initiative’s leftover $9.7 million.
The Eight Winners
The recently announced strategic development plan has revealed which eight projects will help the region transform into a prosperous economic hub.
- Market on South Street – Perhaps the most exciting project for those of us who enjoy the Glens Falls Farmers’ Market, the Market on South Street will be a new complex featuring a year-round farmers’ market. The displaced parking lot will be substituted with an adjacent public garage.
- Moving SUNY Adirondack’s Culinary School Downtown – The plan is to move the Culinary School at SUNY Adirondack to a new downtown facility that will include a dining area, teaching kitchens, bakeshop, classrooms, and more.
- Improved Streetscape – To make downtown’s streetscape safer and more accessible for pedestrians and recreational use, some of the funds will go toward Park, School, Elm, and Exchange Streets. Just some of the improvements will include sidewalk upgrades, more bike lanes, and landscaping.
- Redevelop Four Parcels – On the southwest corner of South and Elm Streets, the City of Glens Falls wants to redevelop four parcels with vacant buildings and replace them with mixed-use complexes and a pocket park and surface parking.
- One Mile Public Arts Trail – To improve Glens Falls’ Arts District, a one mile arts trail will be officially established with informational kiosks, promotional materials, bike racks, pavement stamping, and more.
- High Speed Broadband – The city wants to provide high speed broadband to residents and businesses throughout downtown Glens Falls. Once a broadband provider has been hired, the necessary infrastructure will be set up.
- A Downtown Revitalization Fund – As a way to continue supporting small businesses and the area’s nonprofit organizations, a local revolving loan and grant fund will be established for the city.
- Green Infrastructure on South Street – On the corner of South and School Streets, a public park will be constructed that will include green infrastructure for stormwater management.
Which of these eight projects are you looking forward to the most?
- Office of Gov. Cuomo – Governor Cuomo Announces Winning Projects for Glens Falls $10 Million Downtown Revitalization Initiative