The Crandall and North Street Revitalization Project

Municipality: Bringhamton
County: Broome County
Population: 10,001 to 50,000
Type: City

City Hall: (607) 772-7001

The City of Binghamton diagnosed a problem in the heart of its North Main Street (NoMa) area. The City, partnered with the local housing non-profit First Ward Action Council, underwent a $10.5 million revitalization project funded by State grants to renovate the exhausted Crandall and North Streets. Spurred by resident neighborhood groups, the City identified the two streets as an epicenter of policy activity, and code violations. To combat this matter the City and First Ward begun a revitalization project to transform the decrepit streets of Crandall and North to create new, affordable housing for low-income residents. In addition to creating affordable living, the Revitalization Project transformed the neighborhood, while saving some of the historic houses. The City credits the Revitalization Project for increasing quality of life in NoMa, and attributes it as a catalyst for more future neighborhood-driven work in Binghamton

Lauraville Landing Park

Municipality: Clyde
County: Wayne County
Population: Less than 5,000
Type: Village

2018 Local Government Achievement Award (SECOND PLACE WINNER)

Village Hall: (315) 923-3971

Over twenty years ago, local planning and community groups began to look at the property along the Erie Canal in the Village of Clyde. The property was abandoned by the West Shore railroad. In 2000, the Village of Clyde acquired ownership for $10,000 through a grant. During the years following this acquisition, many additions were added to this vacant land based on several planning reports completed by various outside entities. The main idea from these reports was to develop the land into a park and provide a stop for boaters along the canal. The result of these efforts is now a beautiful park called Lauraville Landing which is due to the fact that Clyde used to be referred to as “Lauraville” in the 1800’s.

Road Program Financed with Bonds

Municipality: Upper Brookville
County: Nassau County
Population: Less than 5,000
Type: Village

2017 Local Government Achievement Award

Village Hall: (516) 624-7715

Upper Brookville previously delayed rebuilding and resurfacing roads until they were close to the end of their useful life and the only solution was costly reconstruction. In July 2016, the Board of Upper Brookville resolved to (a) repave the rest of the village’s roads at a cost of $2.3 million over two years, and (b) issue 15-year bonds to cover the cost. Issuing bonds would finance the repaving of all needy roads while lowering the annual road expense from $450,000 to $200,000 per year.

Main Street Sidewalk Replacement and Green Infrastructure

Municipality: Cooperstown
County: Otsego County
Population: Less Than 5,000
Type: Village

2017 Local Government Achievement Award

City Hall: (607) 547-2411

The Village of Cooperstown utilized GIGP funding through a grant award from the NYS Environmental Facilities Corporation to retrofit Main Street with permeable pavement, permeable sidewalk pavers, bioretention and stormwater street trees. This green street project has helped to revitalize downtown by improving walkability along Main Street, as well as to improve water quality in the Willow Brook and Otsego Lake.

White Plains Education and Training Center

Municipality: White Plains
County: Westchester County
Population: 50,000 +
Type: City

2017 Local Government Achievement Award

City Hall:  (914) 422-1200

The White Plains Education & Training Center (WPETC) is a 13,500-square-foot, state-of-the-art facility which provides comprehensive workforce development while at the same time strengthening the city’s economic development strategy by offering employers a well-trained and skilled workforce.

North Union Complete Street Transformation

Municipality: Olean
County: Cattaraugus County
Population: 10,001 to 50,000
Type: City

2017 Local Government Achievement Award WINNER (First Place)

City Hall: (716) 376-5615

The North Union Complete Street Transformation converted a four-lane automobile-oriented arterial roadway into a two-lane “complete street.” The “Walkable Olean” streetscape design evolved through an understanding of history and assessment of existing conditions, community participation including open forums, a study of street precedents, consideration of best practices in Main Street design, and creative engineering and urban design. The transformed street supports economic vitality, addresses water quality concerns with innovative stormwater treatment, and improves mobility, safety and accessibility for all users. The completed project includes five roundabouts, bicycle lanes and permeable pavers and landscaped “rain gardens” to treat stormwater runoff.