Utica’s Local Planning Committee Discuss Potential DRI Projects


UTICA, N.Y. (WUTR-TV) — Utica’s local planning committee held their 5th DRI meeting of the year online. For safety reasons, the remainder of their public meetings will all take place on their Facebook live page the city of Utica.

During their last meeting in February, they began developing a strategic investment plan to determine which projects should be considered in the revitalization initiative. These proposals had to align with both the state’s and city’s DRI guidelines and be able to connect people and places with a purpose.

In February, these ideas were presented to the public in an open house and through and online survey to see how residents felt the $10 million fund should be spent. Based on those findings, the planning committee shared several potential projects that were broken down into 3 groups: Public projects, private projects and non-profit projects.

The public projects included creating sustainable street-scapes and green gateways, renovations to the downtown parking lot, activating liberty bell park, creating a business fund and installing more public art.
Some of the private and non-profit projects included renovating several historic buildings and commercial spaces.

The planning committee will then create a detailed report of which projects should be prioritized and why, to the state of New York. Ultimately, the state has the final say in which projects are approved for funding. For more information on the DRI projects, please visit cityofutica.com

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