East Harlem awarded $10 million in latest round of Downtown Revitalization Initiative

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New York Construction Report staff writer

East Harlem will receive $10 million as the New York City region winner of the sixth round of the Downtown Revitalization Initiative.

“The rich culture and history of East Harlem is an incredibly important part of New York City’s story,” Gov. Kathy Hochul said in a statement. “Through this $10 million investment, we can help the community preserve its heritage and spur economic development within the neighborhood for generations to come. I look forward to seeing East Harlem write the next chapter in its vibrant story.”

Like past DRI rounds, each selected community must develop a strategic plan with a vision for the revitalization of its downtown and identifies a list of signature projects. The Department of State will then award DRI funds to selected projects with the greatest potential to jumpstart revitalization and realize the community’s vision.

The vision for East Harlem includes transforming the area into a transit hub and gateway to El Barrio. With the Second Avenue Subway and Park Avenue viaduct replacement projects moving forward, East Harlem plans to incorporate safe streets, green and functional public spaces, intermodal connections, and local retail.

Up to $300,000 is available in planning funds from the $10 million DRI grant. A Local Planning Committee made up of municipal representatives, community leaders and other stakeholders will lead the effort, supported by a team of private sector experts and state planners. The Strategic Investment.

“East Harlem is one of the most vibrant and culturally rich communities in our state, and the continued investment provides momentum to the ongoing transformation of this neighborhood,” said New York State Homes and Community Renewal Commissioner RuthAnne Visnauskas. “The latest $10 million award is part of a holistic strategy that enhances local assets to meet the unique needs of East Harlem.”

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