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Downtown Revitalization Initiative (DRI)

Downtown Amsterdam was selected as the Round 3 winner of the $10 million Downtown Revitalization Initiative in the Mohawk Valley!

The focus of the Amsterdam DRI spans the Mohawk River to encompass a segment of the historic downtown as well as new downtown areas that have emerged as the city continues to grow and evolve. With a range of mixed-use residential and commercial spaces, an assisted living facility, established businesses, and many park and recreation amenities, the area is poised to attract additional investment to its developable land and available buildings.

The DRI award will allow Amsterdam to capitalize on its concentrated footprint that provides walkability, a desirable location on the north and south of the Mohawk River/Historic Erie Canal, diverse amenities, and beautiful setting to transform the area into an attractive downtown core that supports growth in community events, business, and year-round recreational activity. The city plans to use participation in the DRI to welcome new businesses, visitors and residents eager to come to the city that everyone warmly refers to as "home," bringing to life a beloved quote written by Maria Riccio Bryce for the Amsterdam Oratorio: "What once was home is home again - My Amsterdam."

The DRI Process

We will accomplish our goals through a unique state-local partnership that includes a Local Planning Committee (LPC), a consultant team, and state agency staff. The LPC will conduct monthly working meetings and the City of Amsterdam DRI Project Team will engage the community to gain input on the vision for downtown Amsterdam and the strategic investment plan. The public is welcome to attend all LPC meetings.

Share your ideas as we start to build a strategic investment plan for Amsterdam’s downtown. Learn about the DRI process, DRI vision and goals, and key potential projects designed to revitalize our downtown.

DRI Planning Schedule

Amsterdam DRI Local Planning Committee Meeting #1
Wednesday, November 7
, 10:00 AM – 12:00 PM, Centro Civico, 143-145 East Main Street, Amsterdam, NY

Amsterdam DRI Open Call for Project Proposals Information Session
Tuesday, December 4
, 5:00 PM – 7:00 PM, Amsterdam Housing Authority, 52 Division Street, Amsterdam, NY 

Amsterdam DRI Local Planning Committee Meeting #2
Wednesday, December 5
, 8:00 AM – 10:00 AM, Amsterdam Housing Authority, 52 Division Street, Amsterdam, NY

Amsterdam DRI Public Workshop #1
Wednesday, December 5
, Two sessions will be held: 2:00 PM – 4:00 PM and 6:00 PM – 8:00 PM, Amsterdam Housing Authority, 52 Division Street, Amsterdam, NY

Amsterdam DRI Local Planning Committee Meeting #3
Wednesday, January 9
, 8:00AM – 10:00AM, Amsterdam Housing Authority, 52 Division Street, Amsterdam, NY 

Amsterdam DRI Public Workshop #2 - Tuesday, January 29, Two sessions will be held: 2:00PM – 4:00PM and 6:00PM – 8:00PM, Amsterdam Housing Authority, 52 Division Street, Amsterdam, NY

Amsterdam DRI Local Planning Committee Meeting #4 - Wednesday, January 30,
8:00AM – 9:00AM, Executive Session, 9:00AM - 10:00AM Open to Public, Amsterdam Housing Authority, 52 Division Street, Amsterdam, NY

Amsterdam DRI Local Planning Committee Meeting #5 - Thursday, February 14,
8:00AM – 9:00AM, Executive Session, 9:00AM - 11:00AM Open to Public Amsterdam Housing Authority, 52 Division Street, Amsterdam, NY

Amsterdam DRI Local Planning Committee Meeting #6 - Wednesday, March 13,
8:00AM - 10:00AM, Amsterdam Housing Authority, 52 Division Street, Amsterdam, NY 

Amsterdam DRI Public Workshop #3 - Wednesday, March 20, 6:00 PM – 8:00 PM, Amsterdam City Hall, 61 Church Street, Amsterdam, NY

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