February 14, 2018
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Mayor Steve Noble Announces Downtown Revitalization Initiative Priority Projects Survey
KINGSTON, N.Y. Mayor Steve Noble is pleased to announce the launch of a public survey regarding the Downtown Revitalization Initiative in the Stockade District. The survey, which is available in English and Spanish, can be found at www.kingston-ny.gov/DRI. Paper copies of the survey are also available in the Mayor’s Office at City Hall, located at 420 Broadway.
“We have been working non-stop to develop a Strategic Investment Plan that aligns with the goals and strategies set by our Local Planning Committee and that meets the standards and requirements of the State,” said Mayor Noble. “The community and Local Planning Committee now have eleven excellent projects to review and prioritize prior to submission of the plan to the State. I encourage all those who live, work, and visit Kingston to consider completing this survey so that we can ensure that our Strategic Investment Plan is a true reflection of the priorities of the Stockade District and our community as a whole.”
The eleven priority projects include:
- Upgrades to Dietz Stadium and the Andretta Pool
- Public improvements and amenities as part of the Kingstonian Uptown Revitalization Project, a proposed mixed-used development, which will be comprised of residential units, commercial space, lodging, a pedestrian plaza and a parking garage
- Repairs to the Volunteer Fireman’s Hall and Museum
- Implementation of key recommendations of the Uptown Stockade Transportation Plan, including addressing problem intersections, replacing sidewalks, and reversing street directions to improve traffic flow
- Implementation of the Kingston Wayfinding Plan by purchasing and installing signage that allows travelers to easily navigate the Stockade district
- Improvements to Academy Green Park, including the replacement of sidewalks, new park furnishings, landscaping and upgrades to the electric and plumbing
- Launch of a structural investigation and mapping procedure with FEMA to address the re-categorization of the Uptown Levee, providing relief to property owners in and around the Kingston Plaza
- Upgrades and stabilization of the historic remnants on Frog Alley, ultimately creating an open public space with interpretive signage, landscaping, and other amenities.
- Reconfiguration of Schwenk Drive utilizing a Complete Streets approach, including reconfiguring the travel lanes, signal upgrades, ADA improvements, creating a new two-way bicycle lane (westbound) and creating a new parking lane (eastbound.)
- Assistance for businesses and residents through the expansion of the Residential Rehabilitation Program and the availability of a commercial façade program
- Launch of a coordinated print and digital media marketing campaign
The online survey will be open from February 14th-28th. The survey is available in English here and available in Spanish here.
For additional information about the Downtown Revitalization Initiative, visit www.kingston-ny.gov/DRI, e-mail DRI@kingston-ny.gov or call Brenna Robinson, Director of Economic and Community Development, at 845-334-3924.