$10M grant com­mit­tee will meet Thurs­day

Daily Freeman (Kingston, NY) - - FRONT PAGE - By Paul Kirby pkirby@free­manon­line.com paulat­free­man on Twit­ter

Its charge is to rec­om­mend how the city should spend the money that's been awarded by the state.

KINGSTON, N.Y. » A com­mit­tee cho­sen to make sug­ges­tions about how the city should spend a nearly $10 mil­lion grant from the state will hold its first meet­ing this week.

The meet­ing of the Lo­cal Planning Com­mit­tee for Kingston’s Down­town Re­vi­tal­iza­tion Ini­tia­tive is sched­uled for noon Thurs­day in the Old Dutch Church, 272 Wall St., ac­cord­ing to Megan Weis­sRowe, the city’s di­rec­tor of com­mu­ni­ca­tions and com­mu­nity en­gage­ment.

De­spite its name, the grant is ear­marked for im­prove­ments to the Up­town Kingston busi­ness district. In Oc­to­ber, more than 100 peo­ple came to a pub­lic meet­ing a City Hall to of­fer opin­ions on how the money should be spent.

That meet­ing, called a “scop­ing ses­sion,” was led by state Depart­ment of State rep­re­sen­ta­tives and mem­bers of the new com­mit­tee.

The grant, to­tal­ing $9.7 mil­lion, was an­nounced by the state in Septem­ber. Kingston is one of 10 com­mu­ni­ties statewide to be awarded fund­ing in the sec­ond round of the state’s Down­town Re­vi­tal­iza­tion Ini­tia­tive.

The money is to be spent on im­prov­ing ser­vices, trans­porta­tion and eco­nomic de­vel­op­ment.

Pos­si­ble uses of the money that were listed in the state’s ap­pli­ca­tion for the grant in­clude:

• A com­mer­cial and res­i­den­tial de­vel­op­ment, with a park­ing struc­ture, on North Front Street.

• Im­prov­ing to Di­etz Sta­dium.

• Im­ple­ment­ing the city’s Up­town/Stock­ade Trans­porta­tion Plan.

• In­vest­ing in the planned Kingston Food Ex­change on Wall Street.

• Help­ing to pay for the Frog Al­ley His­toric Preser­va­tion and Park project.

Mem­bers of the com­mit­tee are:

Mayor Steve No­ble; Guy Kempe, RUPCO’s vice pres­i­dent of com­mu­nity de­vel­op­ment; Her­zog’s and Kingston Plaza owner Brad Jor­dan; Jonathan Drap­kin of Hud­son Val­ley Pat­tern for Progress; SUNY New Paltz Pres­i­dent Don Chris­tian;

Also, Ele­nie Loizou of the Di­etz Sta­dium Diner and Kingston Up­town Busi­ness As­so­ci­a­tion; Den­nis Crow­ley of the Kingston Stock­ade FC soc­cer team and Foursquare; Kale Ka­poshilin of Evolv­ing Me­dia Net­work; Thomas Kee­gan of Kee­gan Ales; Don Taller­man of DragonSearch and the Se­nate Garage;

Also, Kate Hei­decker, pub­lic in­for­ma­tion spe­cial­ist for the Kingston school district; Jake Salt of the Hud­son Val­ley LGBTQ Com­mu­nity Cen­ter; Jimmy Buff of Ra­dio Kingston; Peter Buf­fet of the NOVO Foun­da­tion; Ju­lia Farr of the Kingston Land Trust;

Also, Karen Clark-Adin of Bop to Tot­tom; Ja­son Stern of Lu­mi­nary Pub­lish­ing; and Micah Blu­men­thal of CIXde­signs and the O+ Fes­ti­val


The Lo­cal Planning Com­mit­tee for Kingston’s Down­town Re­vi­tal­iza­tion Ini­tia­tive will meet at noon Thurs­day, Nov. 16, in the Old Dutch Church, 272 Wall St.

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