The Downtown Revitalization Initiative or DRI is a New York state-funded grant that gives communities between $10 and $20 million dollars to bring life to their downtowns. The DRI is a cornerstone of the State's economic development program. In its fifth year, the DRI will invest $200 million in up to 20 downtowns statewide. Eligible communities can submit an application for a DRI grant. The state’s ten Regional Economic Development Councils (REDCs) then select a winner based on the potential of the community’s downtown for transformation. Within each region, the REDC will nominate either two downtowns to receive $10 million each or one downtown to receive an award of $20 million to develop a downtown strategic investment plan and implement key catalytic projects that advance the community’s vision for revitalization.
The Town of Cortlandt submitted a DRI grant application on 9/23/22. To help prepare the DRI application, the Town Board established a DRI committee comprised of Cortlandt residents, business owners, Town Board members and Town Staff. In addition, the Town Board retained KG&D Architects to provide professional planning and architecture services in support of the application. The DRI Committee includes the following members:
- Dr. Richard Becker, Town Supervisor
- Frank Farrell, Town Board Member
- Chris Kehoe, Director of Planning
- Rosemary Boyle Lasher, Assistant Director of Planning
- Michelle Robbins, Assistant Planner
- George Oros, Economic Development Consultant
- Jill Davis
- Adam MacNeil
- Sabrina Pereira
- Basil Kazepis
- Tricia Delamater
- Warren Smith
- Dominick Saladino
- Suzanne Grossberg
Potential DRI Projects under consideration
Public Outreach and Committee Meetings
The DRI Committee met four times, please see videos of the meetings below. In addition, the committee conducted a DRI survey and a public workshop titled Reimagining Montrose & Verplanck as a Twin Hamlet Downtown.
The Town held its first DRI Committee Meeting on 3/22/22. Please see presentation and video below.
Please contact us with questions or comments at: DRI@townofcortlandt.com