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City of Olean
Downtown Revitalization Initiative

What an exciting opportunity! On September 29, 2017, Olean was announced as one of the ten recipients awarded $10 million through Governor Cuomo’s Downtown Revitalization Initiative.

About the Downtown Revitalization Initiative

Now in its second year, Governor Cuomo’s Downtown Revitalization Initiative (DRI), is transforming downtown neighborhoods into vibrant communities where the next generation of New Yorkers will want to live, work and raise families.

Participating communities are nominated by the state’s ten Regional Economic Development Councils (REDCs) based on the downtown’s potential for transformation, and each community is awarded $10 million to develop a downtown strategic investment plan and implement key catalytic projects that advance the community’s vision for revitalization.

A DRI Strategic Investment Plan includes:

The final DRI Strategic Investment Plan must be completed in March of 2018.

A Local Planning Committee (LPC) will lead the Downtown Revitalization Initiative in each community, assisted by state planners from the NYS Department of State, NYS Homes and Community Renewal, and a consultant team hired by the state. The consultant team selected for the Olean DRI is led by Urban Strategies (urban planning and design) and includes C.J. Law & Associates (economic and market conditions), Watts Engineering (environmental and servicing), Foit-Albert Associates (heritage and architecture), BuroHappold Engineering (transportation) and Singleton (cost estimation).

Public engagement is a key component of the DRI planning process. Over the course of the project, there will be three public engagement events. The first Public Open House will take place on December 6th from 6:00-8:00 pm at Jamestown Community College. Your input is important!

In addition, all members of the public are encouraged to attend LPC meetings and to contribute ideas, comments, and questions at the appropriate time.

If you have a project that should be considered for inclusion in the DRI Strategic Investment Plan, please review and fill out the Request for Project Information and send your response to Erin Tito at etito@urbanstrategies.com

Click here to download the Request for Project Information: MS Word PDF

Over the course of the project, there will be three public engagement events. The first Public Open House will take place on December 6th from 6:00-8:00 pm at Jamestown Community College. Your input is important!

For additional FAQs about the DRI, go to: https://www.ny.gov/downtown-revitalization-initiative/round-two-dri-frequently-asked-questions

Upcoming Events

Members of the public are welcome

Planning Committee Meeting #3
Wednesday, January 3rd 6:00pm-9:00pm
Jamestown Community College - Library & Liberal Arts Center Room 308
312 N. Barry St
Click here for directions (pdf)

Recent Events

Local Planning Committee Meeting #1
Thursday, November 9th 5:00pm-7:00pm
Jamestown Community College, Manufacturing Technology Institute Room 211
Presentation (pdf)

Planning Committee Meeting #2
Tuesday, December 5th 6:00pm-8:00pm
Jamestown Community College - Library & Liberal Arts Center Room 308
312 N. Barry St
Presentation (pdf)

Kick-Off Event & Public Open House
Wednesday, December 6th 6:00pm-8:00pm
Jamestown Community College - Cutco Theater
305 N Barry St
Presentation (pdf)

For general information about the DRI go to:

https://www.ny.gov/programs/downtown-revitalization-initiative

 

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