Latest DRI Updates

As information, documents, and announcements are released for publication, they will be added to this website so the community remains informed throughout the DRI process. If you would like to be notified when updates are added, we encourage you to subscribe to DRI updates so you’re always “in the know” with DRI happenings. Have questions? Please reach out with any questions.

December 10, 2019: Seneca Falls Downtown Revitalization Public Workshop Scheduled

The first community meeting to gather public input on the Seneca Falls Downtown Revitalization Initiative (DRI) will be held at the Seneca Falls Community Center, 35 Water Street, Seneca Falls, NY at 7:00 p.m. on Monday, December 16, 2019.

Those in attendance will be provided with information on the Downtown Revitalization Initiative followed by a hands-on, interactive public workshop.

The purpose of the workshop is to identify potential transformative redevelopment strategies that will provide long-term community and economic benefits for Downtown Seneca Falls.

This is an opportunity for residents and businesses in the community to provide feedback and help plan the future of Downtown Seneca Falls.

The DRI Local Planning Committee would like to know what you love about Downtown Seneca Falls, what draws you downtown today, and what amenities would bring you downtown more often.

The workshop is the first in a series of three Downtown Revitalization Initiative public participation meetings that will be held over the next four months.

Future public meeting will focus on a review of potential projects to be considered by the Downtown Revitalization Initiative Local Planning Committee.

December 9, 2019: RFI for Proposed Projects Now Available

The Town of Seneca Falls Downtown Revitalization Initiative (DRI) Local Planning Committee has published the Request for Information project forms that applicants must complete to be considered for DRI funding.

The RFI is a short form requesting participants to provide basic information about potential projects including project scope, description, budget, and financing. The Local Planning Committee encourages all project ideas that could promote the revitalization of downtown.

The Seneca Falls DRI Local Planning Committee will consider public improvement projects, private development projects and proposals for branding and marketing. The project location must be within the DRI Boundary and will be evaluated by the Local Planning Committee.

DRI RFI Informational Meeting
Thursday, December 12, 2019 at 1:00 pm
Seneca Falls Community Center; 35 Water Street; Seneca Falls, NY.

Mr. Flynn will also be available after the meeting to meet with potential applicants if needed.

RFI Project Deadline:
Friday, January 17, 2020

Please submit completed forms via email to eflynn@labellapc.com or place in the DRI Submission Box within the Town Office building at 130 Ovid Street.

The deadline for delivery is 4:00 p.m. and no application will be accepted after this time.

Questions regarding the RFI submission can be directed to the DRI consultant, LaBella Associates, Ed Flynn, eflynn@labellapc.com or (585) 295-6285.

December 6, 2019: Request For Projects Starts Dec 9th; Information Meeting Set For Dec 12th

The Town of Seneca Falls Downtown Revitalization Initiative (DRI) Local Planning Committee has set dates for release of the Request for Information project forms that applicants must complete to be considered for funding. On Monday, December 9th in the afternoon the RFI project forms will be available on the Seneca Falls DRI website – www.senecafallsdri.com – and in hard copy at the Town offices located at 130 Ovid Street in Seneca Falls.

The RFI is a short form requesting participants to provide basic information about potential projects including project scope, description, budget, and financing. The Local Planning Committee encourages all project ideas that could promote the revitalization of downtown.

The Seneca Falls DRI Local Planning Committee will consider public improvement projects, private development projects and proposals for branding and marketing. The project location must be within the DRI Boundary and will be evaluated by the Local Planning Committee. A map of the DRI boundary is also on the Seneca Falls DRI website.

DRI RFI Dates and Deadlines
1. Monday, December 9, 2019 – RFI project forms will be available on this website.

2. Thursday, December 12, 2019 – Informational meeting regarding the RFI project forms – 1:00 p.m., at the Community Center, 35 Water Street, Seneca Falls, NY. Mr. Flynn will also be available after the meeting to meet with potential applicants if needed.

3. Friday, January 17, 2020 – RFI project forms due. Please submit via email to eflynn@labellapc.com or deliver hard copy to the Town Offices. The deadline for delivery is 4:00 p.m. and no application will be accepted after this time.

Questions regarding the RFI submission can be directed to the DRI consultant, LaBella Associates, Ed Flynn, eflynn@labellapc.com or (585) 295-6285.

December 5, 2019: DRI Boundary Announced

CLICK HERE TO VIEW FULL-SIZE BOUNDARY MAP

Projects eligible for potential DRI funding must be within the defined DRI boundary, as seen in the accompanying map. Should you need clarification, please don’t hesitate to reach out.

RFI project forms will be made available on this website on Monday, December 9th. This will be followed by a public Informational Meeting to help explain the forms and upcoming process.

December 4, 2019: DRI Committee Meeting #1 Presentation Slides

On December 4th, 2019, the first DRI Committee meeting took place at the Seneca Falls Community Center. All meetings are open to the public so please plan to attend future meetings if you would like to stay “in the know” as the DRI process continues.

Whether you were able to attend our first meeting or you were unable to attend, we’ve made the accompanying slide presentation available to you for review. Should you have questions about the presentation or its contents, please don’t hesitate to reach out for clarification.

CLICK HERE TO VIEW PRESENTATION PDF

November 10, 2019: DRI Website Launched

On November 6th, 2019, Lt. Governor Kathy Hochul delivered an announcement at the new site of the National Women’s Hall of Fame that Seneca Falls had been selected as the $10 million Downtown Revitalization Initiative (DRI) winner for the Finger Lakes Region.

Rooted in an effort by the Seneca Falls Development Corp (SFDC) to establish better brand messaging and a stronger foundation for Seneca Falls, our selection is proof that community collaboration can help our town thrive.

It’s going to be an exciting transformation for Seneca Falls and there are many ways for you to involved. We hope you’ll take advantage of those opportunities.

Feel free to reach out should you have any DRI questions, and stay tuned…great things are on the horizon!

Greg Zellers; SFDC Director & Joell Murney-Karsten; SFDC Chair

What is the DRI?

The Downtown Revitalization Initiative (DRI) is a comprehensive approach to boosting local economies by transforming downtown communities into vibrant neighborhoods.

Participating communities are nominated by the state’s ten Regional Economic Development Councils (REDCs) based on the downtown’s potential for transformation, and each community is awarded $10 million to develop a downtown strategic investment plan and implement key catalytic projects that advance the community’s vision for revitalization. Within the Finger Lakes region, Seneca Falls was selected as the recipient.

The DRI is chaired by New York Secretary of State Rossana Rosado, and supported by private sector experts funded by Empire State Development, and a state agency team from the Department of State and the NYS Homes and Community Renewal. Other agencies are also involved in reviewing and implementing projects.

By making investments that can re-energize our downtown corridor, Seneca Falls can better attract a diverse population of residents and visitors, which strengthens the customer base for local businesses and provides a reliable workforce for new and existing employers within the community.

Each winning community needed to show that it possessed the key ingredients for successful downtown revitalization: a clear vision for the downtown; goals and strategies to accomplish the vision; and a strategic plan to implement catalytic projects identified in the plan.

More information about the DRI can be found here:

NYS DRI Portal
https://www.ny.gov/programs/downtown-revitalization-initiative

NYS DRI Guidebook
https://www.ny.gov/sites/ny.gov/files/atoms/files/DRI_Four_Guidebook.pdf

NYS DRI Frequent Questions
https://www.ny.gov/downtown-revitalization-initiative/round-four-dri-frequently-asked-questions

DRI Frequent Questions

Don’t let guesses become facts. When in doubt, just reach out!

Social media and coffee shop chats can sometimes lead to misinformation and misunderstandings. With the significant nature and impact of the $10 million DRI award, we want to be your source for details and updates regarding the Downtown Revitalization Initiative. We encourage you to point people to this website and invite you to contact SFDC Director, Greg Zellers, if you have questions or need clarification on anything. The entire DRI process will require a true community effort and we hope you’ll be part of the message, the mission, and the communication.

No. Other than the giant ceremonial cardboard check that Lt. Governor Hochul presented at the announcement, there is no actual check that the town can deposit. Instead, it’s a commitment by New York State to invest at least $10 million in our downtown corridor. There is oversight at the State and regional level throughout each phase…project selection, project development, and project completion.

No. If we did, we’d certainly have lots of new best friends, but that isn’t how the DRI works. Together through community workshops, the appointed DRI committee will collectively present a list of projects for NYS to consider for funding and inclusion.

The DRI grant is intended for transformational projects throughout the defined downtown boundary. Street issues and things of that nature are outside the general focus of the DRI. As mentioned above, the town doesn’t receive a lump sum of $10 million to allocate or distribute. Instead, NYS will fund selected projects following a series of workshops and community recommendations.

Winning the DRI award doesn’t mean the pursuit is over. What follows are the next steps in securing and administering DRI funds:

  • DRI Team established with State Planners, Local Committee, & Consultants
  • DRI Area vision confirmed, goals & strategies identified
  • Public & other stakeholders engaged throughout DRI process
  • Projects identified & vetted by the local committee & public
  • DRI Strategic Investment Plan written by consultants with DRI Team & public input and submitted to the State
  • Projects from each community evaluated by the State & selected for funding
  • Governor announces selected projects
  • DOS/HCR/ESD or other agency/authority works with project sponsors to execute grant agreements

No, the projects listed in our DRI application were initial examples and recommendations based on several rounds of community workshops that were conducted prior to the DRI submission. There will be several more community sessions held to determine projects and funding requests. Once submitted to the State agencies for consideration, we would await their selections.

You are welcome to share constructive dialogue and opinions at our community workshops or by reaching out to us directly if you have concerns about a particular project.

Understand that the DRI is intended to provide a benefit for our town and community as a whole. It’s impractical to think that every project will be 100% perfect for everyone, but it’s about building and securing a promising future for our community.

A project loved by some may not be loved by others, and that’s okay. It’s about collaboration, cooperation, and coming up with a cohesive list of projects that are bigger than our individual selves.

If you haven’t already, be sure to subscribe to updates so you stay “in the know” throughout the DRI process. You’ll also be notified of upcoming community workshops that you can attend, as well as opportunities to pursue funding.

There is no local match requirement for DRI-funded projects. However, if applying for DRI funding, leveraging investment dollars from other sources (i.e., private, local, federal, or other state resources) is strongly encouraged. The DRI Committee may set leveraging targets for applicants interested in non-public projects.

Funds will be administered through the appropriate state agencies. While there may be some variation between agency administration and the project type, awarded project funding will generally be provided on a reimbursement basis. That said, we will be pursuing opportunities for low-interest bridge financing for eligible projects and entities.

Business owners, officials, non-profits organizations, and residents are all welcome! You’re invited to provide ideas for projects, whether public or private, as it’s only through community collaboration that we can make it happen.

Specific dates are yet to be determined, which is why we encourage you to subscribe to updates so you’re always in the know.

No, the DRI is committed to transformational projects that can encourage ongoing and sustainable economic development within the downtown corridor of Seneca Falls.

You are welcome to reach out to SFDC Director, Greg Zellers, by clicking here.

You can also visit one of the following State resources regarding the DRI and its process:

New York State DRI Frequently Asked Questions
https://www.ny.gov/downtown-revitalization-initiative/round-four-dri-frequently-asked-questions

DRI Guidebook
https://www.ny.gov/sites/ny.gov/files/atoms/files/DRI_Four_Guidebook.pdf

New York State DRI Website
https://www.ny.gov/programs/downtown-revitalization-initiative

Read Our DRI Application

Given the lead by the Seneca Falls Town Council to pursue the DRI grant, the Seneca Falls Development Corp (SFDC) headed a months-long effort to establish a better brand for Seneca Falls and properly convey its community assets and potential.

As you read our carefully-prepared DRI application, understand that the projects listed are conceptual and examples of the kinds of transformative projects that we can pursue as a community.

The actual list of funded projects may very well have a completely different makeup compared to what’s represented within the application. Through upcoming community workshops, a final list of prospective projects will be submitted to New York State for review and approval.

We invite you to be part of our workshops and meetings, because it is only through community collaboration that we can cultivate a plan and list of projects that can better serve our residents and businesses. You are encouraged to subscribe to updates so you stay “in the know” throughout the process and as community workshops are scheduled.

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