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Posted on: February 9, 2024

WHITE PLAINS WINS $10 MILLION DOWNTOWN REVITALIZATION INITIATIVE AWARD

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White Plains — One of the First Certified Pro-Housing Communities — to Receive $10 million from Downtown Revitalization Initiative.

https://www.governor.ny.gov/news/governor-hochul-announces-mid-hudson-region-winners-seventh-round-downtown-revitalization

“Local communities’ downtowns are part of what makes New York State vibrant and great,” Governor Hochul said. “These initiatives not only provide communities with the necessary funding to revitalize their downtowns, but also helps them feel seen and heard by the state. Helping uplift the areas around the Hudson River will drive tourists in and make residents excited about where they live.”

Mayor Roach stated. “Governor Hochul is a leader who understands the importance of helping our cities, towns and villages develop. Our region is experiencing a housing crisis and White Plains has risen to the challenge building new residential units with a robust affordable housing component. We are proud to have been one of the first communities in the state to be certified as a “Pro Housing Community“.  We were thrilled with today’s announcement regarding the award of DRI funds to our community. The funds will be used to support our plans to bring new energy to our downtown, improving the pedestrian and cycling experience and attracting people from every age group and socioeconomic status to maintain the diversity of our community. Thank you to Governor Hochul and the ESD for their continued support.”

$10 Million Downtown Revitalization Initiative Award for White Plains

The City of White Plains DRI application—entitled, “The Heart of White Plains”—focuses on the City’s traditional urban core, which is considered a walker’s paradise, having achieved a walk score of 98 out of 100. The area is home to numerous multi-family developments, the soon to be redeveloped Galleria and City Center shopping malls, a thriving restaurant row and hospitality center and the busiest Metro North train station in the lower Hudson Valley.

White Plains has made a commitment to addressing the current housing crisis in its application and has been named a Pro-Housing community. Projects identified by the community focus on green affordable housing, community gathering centers, safe and accessible pedestrian and bike infrastructure and interconnectivity between the downtown and an adjacent low-/moderate income neighborhood.

White Plains has been awarded $10 million in state funding and investments to revitalize its downtown neighborhood and generate new opportunities for long-term growth following the local planning process. They join Middletown, Kingston, New Rochelle, Peekskill, Haverstraw, Ossining and Port Jervis, which were Mid-Hudson winners in the first six rounds of the DRI.

White Plains will begin the process of developing a Strategic Investment Plan to revitalize its downtown with up to $300,000 in planning funds from the $10 million DRI grant. A Local Planning Committee made up of municipal representatives, community leaders and other stakeholders will lead the effort, supported by a team of private sector experts and state planners. The Strategic Investment Plan will examine local assets and opportunities to identify economic development, transportation, housing, and community projects that align with each community's vision for downtown revitalization and that are poised for implementation. The Strategic Investment Plan will guide the investment of DRI grant funds in revitalization projects that will advance the communities’ vision for their downtowns and that can leverage and expand upon the state's $10 million investment. Plans for the DRI's seventh round will be complete in 2024.

About the Downtown Revitalization Initiative

The Downtown Revitalization Initiative was created in 2016 to accelerate and expand the revitalization of downtowns and neighborhoods in all ten regions of the state to serve as centers of activity and catalysts for investment. Led by the Department of State with assistance from Empire State Development, Homes and Community Renewal and NYSERDA, the DRI represents an unprecedented and innovative "plan-then-act" strategy that couples strategic planning with immediate implementation and results in compact, walkable downtowns that are a key ingredient to helping New York State rebuild its economy from the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic, as well as to achieving the State's bold climate goals by promoting the use of public transit and reducing dependence on private vehicles.

In the first six years of the program, the state committed $700 million in 69 downtowns that are ripe for revitalization and tat have the potential to become magnets for redevelopment, business, job creation and greater economic and housing diversity and opportunity. Participating communities are nominated by the state's 10 Regional Economic Development Councils based on the downtown's potential for transformation. 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 and leverage additional private and public investments. Information on the DRI is available here.

 Here is the link to the release: https://www.governor.ny.gov/news/governor-hochul-announces-mid-hudson-region-winners-seventh-round-downtown-revitalization

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White Plains DRI Application
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