Downtown Revitalization Initiative

About the New York State Downtown Revitalization Initiative program

The New York State Downtown Revitalization Initiative (DRI), now in its fourth year, is a comprehensive approach to transform communities ripe for development into vibrant communities where the next generation of New Yorkers will want to live and work. The State’s ten Regional Economic Development Councils (REDCs) nominate participating communities based on the potential for transformation, with each community awarded $10 million to develop a Strategic Investment Plan and implement key catalytic projects that advance the community’s vision for revitalization.

Baldwin’s DRI Vision

In August 2019, Baldwin, in the Town of Hempstead, was selected the Long Island region’s Downtown Revitalization Initiative winner. Baldwin has an ideal combination of existing assets, including connection to the Long Island Rail Road, recent strategic downtown investments, shovel-ready future opportunities, recent infrastructure improvements, and supportive policies and plans that would allow a jump-start to the DRI planning process. Ultimately, this DRI investment in Baldwin will serve as a catalyst toward execution of the key projects that are ripe for implementation, which, once set in motion, will result in better economic and physical resiliency in the community.

The Town of Hempstead has crafted the following Vision to help guide future investment in the downtown of Baldwin:

The Baldwin community envisions its downtown as a thriving, vibrant, and pedestrian-friendly mixed-use corridor, centered around the Baldwin Long Island Railroad Station and along Grand Avenue and Merrick Road. Baldwin residents are diverse and engaged and have long recognized the potential for Downtown Baldwin to become a place where residents, commuters, and visitors want to live, work, shop, dine, and recreate.

Through investments in public infrastructure, strategic leveraging of private development opportunities, and building on a foundation of its existing assets, Downtown Baldwin will thrive as a center of activity and local economic driver that the community needs and has long been working toward.

Get Involved in the DRI Process

Community Meeting #2

January 14, 2020, 7:30pm to 9:30pm
Baldwin High School - Cafeteria A
Give feedback on which revitalization projects should be prioritized in downtown Baldwin.

Community Meeting #3

March 11, 2020, 7:30pm to 9:30pm
Baldwin High School - Cafeteria A
Learn which revitalization projects were selected as priority, and next steps for implementation.

Local Planning Committee Meeting #2

December 18, 2019, 6:30pm to 8:30pm
Baldwin High School - Cafeteria B

Local Planning Committee Meeting #3

January 14, 2020, 5:30pm to 7:30pm
Baldwin High School - Cafeteria B

Local Planning Committee Meeting #4

February 12, 2020, 6:30pm to 8:30pm
Baldwin High School - Cafeteria B

Local Planning Committee Meeting #5

March 11, 2020, 5:30pm to 7:30pm
Baldwin High School - Cafeteria B

Call for DRI Project Proposals

A key component of the DRI program is to advance strategic private and public investments that will provide catalytic impacts to facilitate downtown revitalization. This program will build on the Town’s ongoing revitalization efforts, including the implementation of the Baldwin mixed-use overlay zone. The purpose of this Call for Projects is to identify projects that provide economic and community development benefits that could be funded through the Downtown Revitalization Initiative.

The project Consultant Team will facilitate an “Open House” on December 11, 2019 at the Baldwin Public Library in the Arts & Crafts Room between 12-3PM to answer questions about the Call for DRI Project Proposals and the DRI process more broadly.

Baldwin DRI Timeline

DRI planning is scheduled to be completed in March 2020. Key milestones that will inform engagement strategy include:

Description File
October/November 2019 State agencies and Consultant Team will begin work with the Town of Hempstead; a Local Planning Committee (LPC) will be formed; vision and goals will be completed.
December 2019 The Downtown Profile and Assessment will be completed.
January 2020 A final list of Downtown Revitalization strategies and a list of preliminary Priority Projects will be compiled.
February 2020 Priority Project Profiles will be completed.
March 2020 A Final DRI Strategic Investment Plan will be developed and completed.

Contact Us

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Email: BaldwinDRI@tohmail.org

Additional Resources

Description Download
DRI Application View PDF
DRI Event Flier View PDF
Baldwin DRI Call For Projects View PDF
Baldwin DRI Local Planning Committee Meeting (November 7th) View PDF
Baldwin DRI Local Planning Committee Meeting Presentation (November 20th) View PDF
Baldwin DRI Local Planning Committee Meeting Board Package(November 20th) View PDF
Baldwin DRI Local Community Meeting #1 Fact Sheet View PDF
Baldwin DRI Mailer (12/04/2019) View PDF