FULTON, NY – The Executive Director of the Fulton Community Development Agency, Joe Fiumara has announced the city of Fulton’s intent to submit a revised application for the second round of NYS Governor Andrew Cuomo’s proposed Downtown Revitalization Initiative funding.
The DRI provides the opportunity for one municipality in each of the 10 regions across New York State to receive $10 million focused on revitalizing communities downtown areas.
Last year, Fulton city officials submitted an application for consideration, however, the neighboring city of Oswego was awarded the $10 million prize.
“Although we did not receive it, our nomination was well received by local and state agencies,” Fiumara said, announcing the state approval to accept revised applications that requested consideration in 2016.
“The city of Fulton will be sending in a revised application for 2017 in which we will provide our vision for the revitalization of Fulton’s downtown area,” he explained.
The 2017 DRI nomination is due June 14, so city officials are holding two immediate public meetings to solicit stakeholder input.
The first meeting will be held Wednesday, May 24, and the second meeting will be held the following Wednesday, May 31 both beginning at 7 p.m. in the courtroom at Fulton City Hall located at 141 S. First St.
Fiumara is hopeful the meetings will help city officials “to build upon (the) vision for downtown and develop a master plan for spending the $10 million to reintroduce a vibrant and sustainable downtown that our families will cherish for generations to come,” he said.
Included with that vision the city will submit information required for the application including the size and boundaries of the proposed DRI area, recent investments and future investment potential, impact of job growth, downtown assets and efforts to increase the quality of life in the proposed DRI area, local support for the application, information on previous public engagements and planning documents related to investment of the area, and demonstration of projects that will be ready for implementation within the first two years as a result of the infusion of the DRI.
City officials are asking for any members of the public in the city of Fulton to attend the meetings to bring “innovative ideas that could become part of one of the best things to happen to Fulton in decades,” Fiumara said.