UTICA, N.Y. – Mayor Robert Palmieri today announced that the City will be conducting an open house in order to solicit public opinion and comment on the City’s draft Downtown Revitalization Initiative (DRI) application. The open house will be held on Thursday, May 9th from 4 to 7 PM in the lobby of the Delta Hotels by Marriott, 200 Genesee Street.

Attendees of the open house will have an opportunity to provide their input on the proposed DRI boundaries and possible projects to be included within the final application. The public can also provide comment through an online survey, available at www.UticaDRI.com.

The Downtown Revitalization Initiative is a $10 million grant competition to help New York communities transform their downtown neighborhoods into vibrant places where New Yorkers want to live, work, have fun and raise families. Applications are due Friday, May 31st.

“Over the last eight years, Downtown Utica has transformed into a true neighborhood,” said City of Utica Mayor Robert M. Palmieri. “The funding available through Governor Cuomo’s Downtown Revitalization Initiative will allow us to continue that upward momentum. I encourage anyone with an interest in our Downtown to attend the open house and take the online survey.”

For more information, contact Brian Thomas, Commissioner of Urban & Economic Development at (315) 792-0185.

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