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Posted on: December 14, 2021

Statement from Albany Mayor Kathy Sheehan on NYS’s Round XI REDC Initiative Awards

Contact: David Galin

Albany Mayor Kathy Sheehan said, “This year’s Regional Economic Development Council funding will allow the City of Albany and the Capital Region to not only help spur a post-pandemic recovery but harness opportunities for equitable economic growth. This new funding, coupled with the progress happening before our eyes made possible through Albany’s $10 million Downtown Revitalization Initiative award, will help facilitate the transformative redevelopment underway in New York’s Capital City. Thank you to Governor Hochul for the investments she has made through this year’s Round XI Regional Council Initiative that help continue to create an Albany for all.”

The City of Albany was awarded $2 million for the Brevator Street Complete Street Project. This project will transform a wide, vehicle-oriented street into a multi-modal corridor between two of Albany's prominent arterial roads: Washington Avenue and Western Avenue. Brevator Street will be retrofitted to include new pedestrian and bicycle facilities, traffic calming, and new Bus Rapid Transit service that will serve nearby educational and job centers, including the NYS Harriman Campus, SUNY University at Albany Uptown Campus, All Saints Academy, Rosemont Park, and two high-traffic bus lines along Washington and Western Avenues. By transforming Brevator into a complete street, the City of Albany and CDTA will decrease vehicle trips, greenhouse gas emissions, and make walking, bicycling, and transit safer as well as more attractive as primary transportation options.

The Albany Water Board was awarded $1.25 million for the Hackett Boulevard Constructed Wetlands Project. This project will use GIGP funds to install bioretention and a constructed wetland. These green infrastructure practices will treat stormwater and protect the water quality of the Hudson River.

The Albany Water Board was awarded $500,000 for the Lincoln Park Learning and Reflection Garden. This project that will provide a unique environment within Lincoln Park showcasing green infrastructure elements, diverse ecological and biohabitat, and native plantings.

The Albany Parking Authority was awarded $100,000 for the Feasibility Study for the Reuse and Revitalization of the Riverfront Garage and Surrounding Areas. This project, in conjunction with the City of Albany and downtown stakeholders, the Albany Parking Authority will conduct a market feasibility study on a mixed-use parking facility that includes commercial and/or residential waterfront facing spaces and is integrated with Kiernan Plaza. The new facility will support local businesses, tourism, support utilization of Kiernan Plaza, promote and improve recreational activities for residents and enhance the gateway to the Albany Waterfront.

A complete list of all awardees can be found here


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