Downtown Revitalization Initiative South Pearl

The City of Albany is currently preparing to submit an application for South Pearl Street to compete in Round 6 of the New York State Downtown Revitalization Initiative (DRI). Details about the DRI, the application process, and opportunities to provide input and help secure this competitive funding will be updated on this page.  

New York State Downtown Revitalization Initiative

South Pearl DRI forward progress guideThe New York State Downtown Revitalization Initiative was launched in 2016 to transform downtown neighborhoods into vibrant centers that offer a high quality of life and become magnets for redevelopment, business growth, job creation and economic and housing diversity. The DRI is led by the Department of State, in close partnership with Empire State Development, NYS Homes and Community Renewal and the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority.

In Rounds 1-5 of the DRI, 59 NYS communities have received a total of $600 million in awards. In 2022, Round 6 of the DRI will invest $10 million each to 10 downtown zones across New York State. 

If awarded, a Local Planning Committee will work with a consultant team to create a Strategic Investment Plan, including a slate of transformative projects and opportunities recommended for $9.7 million in DRI funding. 

South Pearl DRI Zone

The South Pearl DRI Application Boundary is shown and described within the image below. South Pearl DRI application zone

Community Engagement

The City of Albany would like your participation in creating the strongest application possible for our community’s needs. Please attend an in-person community workshop on:

Public Meeting #2

Wednesday, September 14th from 6:00 - 7:30 p.m. 

Albany Housing Authority

200 South Pearl Street

Albany, New York 12202

Refreshments provided 

RSVP requested: Development@CapitalizeAlbany.com 


South Pearl DRI public input flyerIf you are unable to attend the workshop, please take a few minutes to complete the online survey by 5 p.m. Monday, September 12, 2022. The survey is 7 questions estimated at approximately 8-10 minutes to complete.

Your participation in the public workshop and responses to this survey will help the City submit the strongest application possible. Please respond while thinking about the community's priorities, assets to build on, and challenges to overcome.

Municipalities’ submissions are due by 4 p.m. on September 23, 2022. If the City of Albany’s application is successful, there will be significant opportunity for expanded public engagement regarding the impactful investments to take shape on South Pearl Street and in Albany's South End Neighborhood.   

Application Process Schedule & Meeting Materials

South Pearl DRI schedule

Meeting Materials (Materials to be made available following the public workshop)