URBAN RENEWAL NEWS & ANNOUNCEMENTS
New York Main Street Program
The City of Little Falls has been awarded $250,000 in New York Main Street Program funding from the NYS Homes and Community Renewal. The funds will be used to establish the Center City Redevelopment Program within a two-block target area along East Main Street of the Center City downtown.
The Center City Redevelopment Program will utilize NYMS funding and property owner cash and/or bank financing as well as HOME housing rehabilitation funding already awarded to the City to support up to three projects that could include building facade repairs and restoration, renovation work to make existing first floor storefronts more accessible and attractive to customers, rehabilitation of substandard rental apartments, upgrades to existing vacant or deteriorated commercial space, and rehabilitation of primary exterior or interior building components (roofs, heating and plumbing, electrical) for existing mixed-use buildings within the Phase 1 East Main Street Target Area.
Brownfield Opportunity Areas (BOA) Program
The City of Little Falls has been awarded $81,000 from the NYS Department of State to complete a Pre-Nomination Study for an approximate 600+/- acre area along the north side of the Mohawk River and Erie Canal waterfront and including the Center City Main Street business district and adjacent neighborhoods.
The primary objectives of the Waterfront-Center City Redevelopment Strategy are to create a vision and recommend projects that will increase utilization of significant industrial properties along the waterfront and improve resident and visitor connections to the downtown business district from the Canal Place Historic District, the Canal Harbor and Rotary Park, Moss and Loomis Islands within the Mohawk River, and residential neighborhoods on both sides of the Mohawk and Erie Canal.
Planning activities under this BOA grant will build from previous Local Waterfront Revitalization Program and Community Development Block Grant-sponsored plans and projects to clean up dilapidated waterfront and downtown properties, attract new businesses to vacant buildings, and encourage boaters and tourists to stay and spend more time and money in Little Falls.
In December, the City was notified that nearly $1 million in new funding is coming to the City to support additional investments in our close-knit neighborhoods, improve the safety and quality of life for families and our seniors, and continue our focus on downtown and waterfront revitalization.
The award of $919,000 in federal funding from the New York State Housing Trust Fund Corporation includes a $400,000 NYS Community Development Block Grant to help the Little Falls Housing Authority construct a new handicapped-accessible elevator to serve the 64 senior apartments in Rockton Plaza.
In addition, the City received $519,000 in two affordable housing grants. The funds will be used to assist lower income homeowners eliminate conditions that might become hazardous to the health and safety of local residents and create safe, healthy, and energy efficient housing conditions.
To request additional information regarding this year's projects or to determine eligibility for assistance, please contact the LFURA office.
Local Waterfront Revitalization Program - City of Little Falls
Waterfront Connection and Enhancement Project
Erie Canal Pedestrian Bridge Design & Canal Harbor and Rotary Park Improvements - 2009-2010 Environmental Protection Fund - Local Waterfront Revitalization Program
"Projects postponed due to recent and potentially long-term budgetary constraints while the City re-evaluates its position to proceed with the engineering and design phase of the project."
Little Falls Urban Renewal Agency Board
- Mayor Robert J. Peters, Sr. Chairman
- David Burleson, Council Member
- Ralph Renzulli
- William Gokey
- Mary Ellen Krisch, DPW
Waterfront Advisory Committee - Meeting 1 Summary
Neighborhood Investment Program
Apr 2012 Minutes
Mar 2012 Minutes
July 2012 Minutes
May 2012 Minutes
Urban Renewal minutes from January 19th 2012.
Urban Renewal minutes from December 21nd 2011.
Urban Renewal minutes from November 22nd 2011.
Urban Renewal minutes from September 21th 2011.
Urban Renewal minutes from April 20th 2011.
Urban Renewal minutes from February 16th 2011.
Urban Renewal minutes from Janurary 19th 2011.
Urban Renewal minutes from November 17th 2010.
Urban Renewal minutes from October 13th 2010.
Urban Renewal minutes from September 15th 2010.
Urban Renewal minutes from July 21st 2010.
Urban Renewal minutes from June 16th 2010.
Urban Renewal minutes from May 19th 2010.
Urban Renewal minutes from April 21st 2010.
Urban Renewal minutes from March 20th 2010.
Urban Renewal minutes from February 17th 2010.
Urban Renewal minutes from Janurary 20th 2010.
Office Hours: Monday through Friday 8:30 am to 4:00 pm
The Little Falls Urban Renewal Agency was established by a special act of the Legislature of the State of New York in 1963. Funding for urban renewal activities is obtained from Federal, State, and local resources, through the City of Little Falls. The URA acts as an agent of the City in carrying out its urban renewal activities and traditionally operates programs designed to prevent or eliminate blight and deterioration in the City of Little Falls through the provision of grants and loans. Such programs include:
- City-wide Housing Rehabilitation
- Economic Development
- Waterfront Revitalization
- Facade Improvements
- Downtown Investment Program
- Center City Revitalization
Code of Ethics
Property Disposition Policy
Whistle Blower Policy
Foil Rules and Regulations Governing Public Access to Records
Revised Accessibility Plan
Regular Monthly Meetings: The Little Falls Urban Renewal Agency meets monthly on the third Wednesday of every month at 6:00 P.M. in the Urban Renewal Conference Room, 2nd Floor, City Hall, 659 E. Main Street, Little Falls, New York. *Meeting dates may be subject to change during construction season.
Special Meetings: Special meetings may be called as needed and appropriate. The Chairman (Mayor) or the President may call a special meeting of the Agency when he or she deems necessary or upon the request of any member of the Agency, with due notice.
Notices: Notice of all meetings are issued to members and posted in the local newspaper to keep the Public informed.
Open Meetings: All meetings are open to the general public - except when the board convenes to Executive Session.
Little Falls Urban Renewal Agency Mission Statement:
To provide low cost funding to homeowners and businesses that will eliminate and prevent blight while preserving the architectural integrity and beauty of the City of Little Falls. Through redevelopment, revitalization and rehabilitation, the Little Falls Urban Renewal Agency (LFURA) will encourage job retention and job creation. Through the proper use of grants and loans, the LFURA will encourage our City homeowners to maintain and improve their properties. Through sound operating practices, the LFURA will ensure the proper use of all assets consistent with mandated Federal and State requirements. Through careful and transparent consideration and execution, the LFURA will ensure that all funds disbursed will contribute to making Little Falls an appealing city in which to live and work.
Date Adopted: March 22, 2010
The Agency is also responsible for the day-to-day administration of two revolving loan programs:
The Little Falls Housing Rehabilitation Loan Fund, which provides loans to low income and very low income owners and owners of rental properties who provide housing for low income and very low income renters.
The Economic Development Revolving Loan Fund, which provides loans to businesses at below market interest rates to facilitate project implementation.
All projects must meet one of two basic national objectives:
Benefit low and moderate income persons; or eliminate a slum or blighting condition.
www.mvcaa.com Mohawk Valley Community Action - HOUSING ASSISTANCE PROGRAMS: Herkimer County 315.894.8294.
HEAP: Home Energy Assistance Program Herkimer County 315.867.1370. For those under age 60, please call DSS at 867-1220.