ENDICOTT, N.Y. — The Village of Endicott says it has made the finals with its application for the fourth round of New York’s Downtown Revitalization Initiative (DRI).
Finalists will present their ideas in front of the Southern Tier Regional Economic Development Council (REDC) on July 8, per a village news release. The Southern Tier REDC has previously chosen Elmira, Watkins Glen, and Owego for DRI funding. Endicott has been a finalist in the past but didn’t win.
The DRI program will award a total of $100 million to 10 downtown neighborhoods across the state, or $10 million each.
The strategies identified in the village’s plan are “tailored to promote” the local high-tech industry and enhance quality of life for its employee base. The Village of Endicott has proposed projects that include housing marketed to young professionals; an expansion of the North Brewery; an additional Union Endicott School District incubator site; an indoor produce farm; an ice rink and arena; a sports complex; alternative energy sources; and streetscape and branding advancements.
The plan also proposes measures to “develop greater connectivity” between the downtown center, recreational facilities, and the Huron Campus, which houses most of the village’s major employers. Huron is a full-service real estate leasing and property-management company overseeing the Huron campus.
The measures in the Village of Endicott’s proposal will “ensure” that landmarks such as George Johnson Park, Little Italy, the Huron Campus, Washington Avenue commercial area, and the waterfront “function cohesively and are easily accessible.”
The DRI program seeks to help “vulnerable and underserved” communities develop “livable neighborhoods.” In order to qualify for the DRI, the community must be well-positioned to take advantage of private and public investment and located in an area with current or impending job growth.
The REDC will also look for downtown areas that attract diverse populations, are capable of implementing policies that increase quality of life, and foster an open community engagement process.
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