Downtown Community Forum developing strategy for spending grant money

Residents learn what DRI money can and cannot be used for.

Posted: Nov 12, 2019 11:53 PM

UTICA, NY – The city of Utica received word Tuesday that it would be getting a $10 million Downtown Revitalization Initiative grant from New York State.

There are stipulations on how the money can be used, however.

At Tuesday evening’s Downtown Community Forum the public was informed on just what the money could be used for.

This includes things like upgrading infrastructure, rehabbing buildings, and re-envisioning downtown streets to make them more user-friendly.

Stephen Keblish, the facilitator of the Downtown Community Forum, says residents are already coming up with ideas on how the money should be spent.

“Well, there’s always the hot button topic of where are people going to park. How easy will it be for me to drive through my downtown, and what kind of services are there going to be.”

Residents also learned of the latest developments regarding the route 5s project from State DOT Regional Spokesperson Jim Piccola.

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