On March 3rd, Village Mayor Mark Evans and member of the Downtown Coxsackie committee were presented with a check for $4.5 million as a winner of first round of the NY Forward grant initiative. This funding will be applied to the ongoing restoration, renovation and re-invention of the Reed Street Historic District.
The official NYS press release describes Downtown Coxsackie as “the quintessential small New York village with abounding natural amenities, a picturesque main thoroughfare and year-round art and cultural offerings. This compact and walkable downtown community provides a welcoming destination to shop and visit in the Reed Street National District and outdoor recreational opportunities at the newly renovated Riverside Park, which also hosts the Coxsackie Farmers’ Market from May to September and the Music in the Park summer concert series. While one of many communities along the Hudson River, Coxsackie has perhaps the most publicly accessible and level acreage with extensive views; a true front-porch feel. A recent influx of new residents and job growth opportunities are helping to revive the Village’s economy, making further investment in arts, housing and entertainment and recreation sectors possible. The Village seeks to leverage its best attributes, including the area’s natural beauty and rural small-town feel, to create a community where people want to live, work and play. Coxsackie will realize that vision through public improvement projects, arts and culture enhancements, and improved and expanded housing options to further revitalization.”
Upon accepting the award, Mayor Mark Evans’ gracious response was “On behalf of residents of the Village of Coxsackie I want to thank Governor Hochul for this generous grant. This grant will allow us to continue the revitalization of our Village and continue the vision for our downtown/waterfront area.”
“The Village of Coxsackie is exceptional with vibrant economic growth and activity. This investment will not only impact the Village of Coxsackie but the entire region. I am honored to represent an area recognized in the NY Forward Program” note Assemblymember Chris Tague.
The Village’s application identified 14 transformative projects totaling over $57 million of investments that could potentially be eligible for NY Forward funding including:
• Establishment of a Capital Region/Hudson River Visitors’ Community Center
• Redevelopment of the Dolan Block
• Incubating a Local Food and Beverage Scene
• Establishment of a Scenic Gateway to the Hudson River
• Development of 70 Downtown Housing Units.
You can view the Village of Coxsackie’s comprehensive application including letters of support form nine legislators, officials, and residents at https://www.ny.gov/sites/default/files/2023-03/Village_of_Coxsackie_NYF_1_Application.pdf