FUNDING ANNOUNCED! July 31st, 2019 @ 3:30PM


Funding Announced!

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City of New Rochelle

Our Vision

New Rochelle seeks to forge stronger physical, economic, and social links between the Lincoln Avenue Corridor and our burgeoning downtown.

Through positive commercial, residential, recreational, and cultural development and revitalization, we will provide enhanced and equitable access to job opportunities, green space, human services, and multi-modal transportation, including safe and attractive pedestrian connections between the Lincoln Avenue Corridor and the downtown.


New Rochelle was awarded $10M under Governor Cuomo’s Downtown Revitalization Initiative. Some of the goals of the New Rochelle DRI are to provide pedestrian safety and to create new accessible public space, spur beneficial economic development, and expand and enhance multi-modal access to employment, cultural, and recreational resources.

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The Award Video

On September 27, 2018, New Rochelle was awarded $10M through Governor Cuomo’s Downtown Revitalization Initiative for the Mid-Hudson Region.

The DRI Proposal Video

Submission video explaining the current DRI application focus.

Our DRI Goals

Improvement of Parks and Open Spaces

Build a healthier and more enjoyable community by creating new accessible public open space and by improving existing local parks and recreational uses.

Enhance Mixed-use Growth

Spur beneficial economic development by creating a positive investment climate that can attract private and public capital for mixed-use growth, including residential, commercial, institutional, and community service facilities.

Encourage Mixed-income Residential

Preserve the socio-economic diversity of New Rochelle by encouraging mixed-income residential growth at varying levels of affordability.

Enhance Cultural, Artistic and Historical Community

Enhance the cultural, artistic and historic assets of the community in a manner that reflects and celebrates the unique heritage and diversity of New Rochelle.

Enhance Safety, Accessibility & Appearance

Expand and enhance multi-modal access to employment, cultural, and recreational resources by improving the safety, accessibility, and appearance of the streets between and within the Lincoln Avenue Corridor and the downtown, and by facilitating greater regional access through the New Rochelle Transit Center.

City of New Rochelle

About the DRI

The DRI is much more than a $10 million grant award. It serves a broader agenda for revitalization, growth, and transformation in ways that reflect the collective reimagining of the downtown and provides funding to help achieve that vision with a higher quality of life, amenities, and connection of place and community.

The plans and projects also are intended to leverage additional public and private investments within and near the downtown, building upon the regional economic growth supported by the REDCs.

The Downtown Revitalization Initiative (DRI) is a comprehensive approach to boosting local economies by transforming communities by fostering vibrant neighborhoods that offer a high quality of life for all residents.

Each community selected to participate in the Downtown Revitalization Initiative (DRI) will accomplish its goals through a unique state-local partnership that includes a Local Planning Committee (LPC), a consultant team, and state agency staff.

With support from municipal staff and input from the public, this partnership will result in a strategic investment plan that will achieve the vision and goals for revitalization of the downtown.

DRI Boundary Map

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Project Updates

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DRI Meetings

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DRI Projects Identified

This 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 submission of project proposals is open to the public, and proposals may include public or private projects.

Proposal Submissions are now closed. Thank you to all of those that submitted proposals.

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New York State's

Downtown Revitalization Initiative

Governor Cuomo’s Downtown Revitalization Initiative (DRI) is transforming downtown neighborhoods into vibrant communities where New Yorkers want to live, work and raise families.

In its third year, the program will invest $100 million into 10 additional downtown neighborhoods across the state. Participating communities are nominated by the state’s ten Regional Economic Development Councils (REDCs) based on the downtown’s potential for transformation, and each community is awarded $10 million to develop a downtown strategic investment plan and implement key catalytic projects that advance the community’s vision for revitalization.

The DRI is chaired by New York Secretary of State Rossana Rosado, and supported by private sector experts funded by Empire State Development, and a state agency team from the Department of State and the NYS Homes and Community Renewal. Other agencies are also involved in reviewing and implementing projects.

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