General Resources & Information

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Frequently Asked Questions

Please visit the New York State website for FAQs on the Downtown Revitalization Initiative (DRI) https://www.ny.gov/downtown-revitalization-initiative/round-five-frequently-asked-questions

DRI Boundary

As proposed in the DRI application, the DRI boundary should encompass a compact, walkable urban core, which is one of Downtown Gloversville's many assets. 

For a more detailed parcel map, click on the image below. 

DRI Process and Schedule

As part of the DRI process, Gloversville will develop a Strategic Investment Plan to guide the use of DRI grant funds for transformative revitalization projects. The Strategic Investment Plan will examine local assets and opportunities and include recommended projects that align with the community's vision. The plan is being developed by the Local Planning Committee with input from the public and support from a consultant team and state planners. The final selection of projects that receive DRI funding will be made by the state from the list of projects recommended in the plan. Below is the milestone schedule for the DRI planning process (subject to change).

 
Local Planning Committee

Co-Chair: Vincent DeSantis, Mayor of the City of Gloversville

Co-Chair: Wally Hart, Executive Director of the Lexington Foundation and member of the Mohawk Valley Regional Economic Development Council (REDC).

  • Kevin Chamberlain, Founder/Owner, Upstate Coffee

  • David Halloran, Superintendent, Gloversville Enlarged School District

  • LaShawn Hawkins, Founder, I Can Breathe and I Will Speak, Inc.

  • Mark Kilmer, President/MVREDC Support, Fulton-Montgomery Regional Chamber of Commerce

  • Janelle Krause, President, Glove Cities Arts Alliance

  • Jenni Mazur, Liaison, Gloversville Recreation Commission; City Clerk, City of Gloversville

  • Michael Medina, Owner, Fulton County Barbershop

  • Aya Mustafa, Resident

  • Geoff Peck, VP Population Health, Nathan Littauer Hospital

  • Christine Pesses, Resident

  • Ronald Peters, President and CEO, Fulton County Center for Regional Growth

  • Greg Truckenmiller, President, Fulton Montgomery Community College

  • Marcia Weiss, Councilwoman, 1st Ward Councilwoman

 
DRI Vision and Goals

Co-developed with the Gloversville community and LPC: 

VISION:

Downtown Gloversville possesses all the qualities of a successful city center. Its historic buildings, inviting public spaces, varied housing options, business and leisure offerings, and job opportunities inspire people to be a part of a lively and renewed downtown. Whether it is visiting one of Gloversville’s museums, art galleries, restaurants, shops, or unique parks, there are a variety of activities to choose from. A highly walkable network of sidewalks with decorative lights, benches, shade trees, and public art add to the ambiance and create an inclusive, safe, and attractive setting. A grassroots development approach cultivates pride and a reputation as a community of inclusiveness and diversity that fosters arts, culture, and entertainment. These characteristics, combined with its strategic position as the southern gateway to the Adirondack Mountains, make Downtown Gloversville a regional economic engine and a premier destination to live, build a business, and visit.

 

GOALS:

  1. Spur economic development

  2. Identify, enhance, and create Downtown Cornerstones

  3. Offer a full range of quality housing

  4. Foster an inviting public realm

  5. Expand cultural opportunities

  6. Enhance mobility for all users

STRATEGIES TO ACHIEVE THE GOALS

GOAL 1

  • Strategy 1.1 - Make downtown a destination for a variety of activities such as shopping, dining, socializing, doing business, recreation, entertainment, learning, and enjoying arts and culture.

  • Strategy 1.2 - Leverage downtown Gloversville’s proximity to regional assets and attractions to draw business and new residents.

  • Strategy 1.3 - Facilitate increased activity and investment from existing and new property owners.

  • Strategy 1.4 - Locate jobs and workforce development opportunities downtown.

  • Strategy 1.5 - Provide supportive resources for entrepreneurs and creative enterprises. 

GOAL 2:

  • Strategy 2.1 - Support adaptive reuse of historic buildings downtown.

  • Strategy 2.2 - Encourage mixed-use buildings with ground floor retail or commercial and upper-story residential or office use.

  • Strategy 2.3 - Preserve the character, history, and architectural style of downtown.

GOAL 3:

  • Strategy 3.1 - Expand housing options downtown that will attract new and existing residents.

  • Strategy 3.2 - Fill the “missing middle” by providing more middle-income apartments.

  • Strategy 3.3 - Maintain a balance between affordable and market-rate housing.

GOAL 4:

  • Strategy 4.1 - Protect and enhance natural resources and the environment, including the city’s urban forest, air and water resources, and biodiversity, which contribute to a healthier, more attractive environment.

  • Strategy 4.2 - Design streetscapes and public spaces that create a walkable and bikeable city and inspire active use by residents and visitors year-round.

  • Strategy 4.3 - Add public art installations that inspire innovation, drive economic activity, and add to the charm and allure of downtown.

  • Strategy 4.4 - Provide spaces for organized and informal gatherings and programs.

  • Strategy 4.5 - Offer welcoming and accessible green and public spaces for all residents.

GOAL 5

  • Strategy 5.1 - Provide arts, culture, and entertainment programs in public spaces and other private or non-profit locations.

  • Strategy 5.2 - Provide a variety of art and cultural opportunities that appeal to a wide spectrum of Gloversville residents and visitors.

  • Strategy 5.3 - Drive traffic to cultural assets downtown with supportive uses and amenities.

  • Strategy 5.4 - Market downtown Gloversville as an arts and culture hub to attract artists and visitors.

 

GOAL 6

  • Strategy 6.1 - Enhance streetscapes and walkability for residents and visitors of all ages and abilities.

  • Strategy 6.2 - Enhance safety and mobility throughout downtown for all modes of transport including pedestrians, bicycles, cars, scooters, strollers, electric vehicles, buses, and others. 

  • Strategy 6.3 - Integrate the downtown with local and regional trail, transit, and transportation networks.