$10M grant committee will meet Thursday
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.