ABOUT THE PROCESS
What is the DRI process?
The Village of Endicott was selected by the Southern Tier Regional Economic Development Council to receive a $10 million award from New York State through the Downtown Revitalization Initiative (DRI). The DRI investment will allow Endicott to develop a strategic investment plan and implement key catalytic projects that advance its vision for downtown revitalization. Projects selected for DRI funding will transform the downtown and support a vibrant local economy.
Who is involved?
The DRI planning process is led by a Local Planning Committee (LPC) of representatives from Village government, community organizations, local businesses, and local residents. A portion of the State’s funding is allocated to the planning process, which is guided by a team of consultants who assist the LPC in research and analysis, community engagement, and drafting of the strategic investment plan. The DRI process also involves input and coordination of several State agencies: the Department of State (DOS), Empire State Development (ESD), the Department of Homes and Community Renewal (HCR), and the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA).
Most importantly, the Endicott community at-large is a critical part of the DRI process. The LPC and the entire DRI team will work to ensure that the public is informed throughout the process and is empowered to have meaningful input on the vision for the Endicott DRI area as well as the projects to be selected to DRI funding. Check the Get Involved tab for opportunities to participate.
LOCAL PLANNING COMMITTEE
Anthony Bates Village Manager (Co-Chair)
Dr. Kevin Drumm President, SUNY Broome (Co-Chair)
Gary Battestin Endicott Site Executive, BAE Systems
Stacy Duncan Executive Director, The Agency/Greater Binghamton Chamber of Commerce
Linda Jackson Mayor, Village of Endicott
Beth Lucas Director, Broome County Planning Department
Joseph Moody Director of Economic Development, Town of Union
Peter Newman Regional President, M&T Bank
Christopher Pelto Senior Vice President, Phoenix Investors
Nikki Post Director, Southern Tier Community Center
Pamela Portland Assistant Superintendent, Union-Endicott School District
Michael Romeo President, Little Italy
R. Ted Warner Trustee, Village of Endicott
What is the DRI Area?
The Downtown Endicott DRI area is concentrated with well-defined boundaries and is ripe for development. The DRI area encompasses the commercial center of Endicott including Washington Avenue, Huron Campus, and the culturally significant Little Italy. The southern boundary ties into Main Street, where the connections to the Interstate 86 interchange and Union-Endicott School District and the Susquehanna River are highlighted.
The DRI area includes the mixed-use-attached buildings of Washington Avenue and McKinley Avenue, the technological powerhouse that is the Huron Campus, as well as the Village’s culturally significant Little Italy. The northern boundary includes the Huron Campus in its entirety as well as several blocks of the Village’s Little Italy Neighborhood. The western boundary extends down Robble Avenue to the railroad tracks, eastward to Oak Hill Avenue, and then to North Street and Jefferson Avenue, to the south to Park Street. It extends westward down Park Street, encompassing the entire Endicott Plaza. The boundary then moves south down Vestal Ave where it meets with Main Street, and finally circles back up Main Street and Adams Ave to the Huron Campus.
How will projects be selected?
At the conclusion of the DRI planning process, the LPC will approve a slate of projects to be recommended to the State for DRI funding. Ultimately, the State will make the final decision on which projects receive funding.
Criteria for project selection include (but are not limited to) the following: a project that will most effectively advance the community’s DRI strategies; that will have the greatest public benefit; that are primed for implementation; and that enjoy broad stakeholder support. Also, a project shall be within the DRI boundary (see map above). The LPC is encouraged to choose projects that will be catalytic and that present the strongest likelihood of jump-starting or continuing downtown revitalization and investment in the community.
An Open Call for Proposals is one of the methods the LPC will be using to identify projects for inclusion in the Strategic Investment Plan. The purpose of the open call is to hear from members of the community who have potential transformative projects on privately-owned sites that provide economic and community benefits. More info on the Open Call process will be posted on this website and publicized through other channels in the next few weeks.
Recommended projects may range in cost and scale from small improvements to large-scale construction projects, from zoning updates to major infrastructure projects. For private for-profit projects, DRI funds may not exceed 40% of the total project cost. While DRI funding may be used to cover the entire cost of a public or not-for-profit project, leveraging of investment dollars from other sources (i.e., private, local, federal, or other state sources) is strongly encouraged. LPCs may establish more restrictive match requirements.
How can the community participate in the process?
Everyone is encouraged to participate in the public events, attend the LPC meetings and comment on projects that will be considered by the LPC. The public will help shape the Strategic Plan and contribute to project ideas. Specific dates for public workshops and other events are yet to be determined. We encourage you to subscribe to updates by filling this form.