Local Waterfront Revitalization Program (LWRP) Plan

Amsteredam Proposed WRA Boundary 3.23.22

The City of Amsterdam received a Local Waterfront Revitalization Program Grants from the Department of State to prepare an update to its 1993 LWRP. The project encompasses the City of Amsterdam's waterfront area along the Mohawk River and New York State Barge Canal. The LWRP will guide growth and development, identify sustainable approaches to mitigate climate change impacts and improve resiliency, redevelop vacant and underutilized industrial structures, stimulate economic development, increase waterfront access and connectivity to downtown, tourism, and recreational boating.

The Local Waterfront Revitalization Program (LWRP) serves as the Office of Planning and Development’s primary program for working in partnership with waterfront communities across the State to address local and regional (coastal or inland) waterway issues, improve water quality and natural areas, guide development to areas with adequate infrastructure and services away from sensitive resources, promote public waterfront access, and provide for redevelopment of underutilized waterfronts.

Public Engagement

Public Meeting #1 - June 24, 2022


The City is seeking assistance from the public to prioritize potential project initiatives throughout the waterfront study area.

The City of Amsterdam will host: LWRP PUBLIC INFROMATION POP-UP

When: Friday, June 24, 2022 – 5:00 pm – 8:00 pm 

Where: Mohawk Valley Gateway Overlook, 1 Bridge Street, Amsterdam, NY

All are welcome to stop by to learn more about the program and exchange your ideas on: Redevelopment, Connectivity, Healthy Neighborhoods, Focused Economic Development, and Disaster Resiliency throughout the City of Amsterdam’s Waterfront Districts.  Meet with project planners and city personnel to review potential projects, share ideas, and collaborate on updating this important city program.

The pop-up will run concurrent to the On the Canals Plein Air Painting Class and the Riverlink Park Concert Series. 

Meeting Summary

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Public Meeting #2 - November 14 to November 24, 2022

A Mobile Engagement Booth will be hosted at three locations over 11 days to enable the community to view project details and share ideas on key waterfront projects both in-person and online.

The goals of the City's LWRP include:

Waterfront Redevelopment — Continue to redevelop the Mohawk River and Chuctanunda Creek as assets leveraging existing recreation, economic, historic, and cultural resources

Waterfront Connectivity — Continue to improve neighborhood and regional access points to and from the Mohawk River and Chuctanunda Creek waterfronts through a variety of resources

Healthy Neighborhoods — Promote and facilitate an adequate supply of quality housing that is suitable for all community members, while simultaneously focusing on parks, recreation, and core infrastructure needs.

Focused Economic Development — Encourage and enable continued revitalization of the Downtown Core along with small-scale commercial nodes.

Enhanced Resiliency — Anticipate and mitigate future flood risks and limit impacts to property and infrastructure when flooding is unavoidable.

The City will host Engagement Opportunities at the following locations:

• 11/14 — 11/16 The Creative Connections 

• 11/17— 11/22 Amsterdam High School, 100 Saratoga Avenue

• 11/23 — 11/24 Amsterdam Housing Clubhouse, 303 Main Street Authority, 52 Division Street

Meeting Summary