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Herkimer Downtown Revitalization Initiative plans May 21 public open house

By Traci DeLore (


The Herkimer Downtown Revitalization Initiative will hold a public open house later this month to provide information and solicit input on the project, which covers the downtown district outlined here. The village will receive $10 million from the state for projects in the DRI district. (Photo credit: Herkimer DRI website)

HERKIMER, N.Y. — The Herkimer Downtown Revitalization Initiative (DRI) committee will hold a public open house May 21 from 4-7 p.m. — behind the Herkimer Library at 245 North Main St. — to provide information and collect input on the vision for the DRI project.

The open house is one of several events planned for the month as the local planning committee works to outline the project vision, solicits projects, and engages with the community as it plans what projects it will submit for a share of the $10 million in DRI funding the village will receive from the state.

An open call for projects informational webinar will take place May 16 from 1-2 p.m. and a DRI information booth will be located at the Herkimer Downtown Chowdown in Myers Park on May 20 from 4-7 p.m.

A DRI community survey will take place online from May 22 through May 27, and the second local planning committee meeting is set for May 29 from 4-6 p.m. at Herkimer College.

Herkimer’s DRI area spans 0.45 miles from north to south and 0.3 miles from west to east along and around North Main Street in the downtown core.

The state Downtown Revitalization Initiative provides state funding to communities to help foster vibrant downtown regions with an ultimate goal of funding projects that will help transform those downtown areas into lively communities where people want to live and work.