Letter of Support: Village of Greenwich NY Forward Application
Ruth H. Mahoney and Havidán Rodríguez, Co-Chairs
Capital District Regional Economic Development Council
433 River Street, Suite 1003
Troy, NY 12180
Dear Ruth Mahoney and Dr. Havidán Rodríguez,
I am writing to convey strong support for the Village of Greenwich’s NY Forward
Application by the Greater Greenwich Chamber of Commerce, an association with almost 200 member businesses and organizations.
The Village of Greenwich and its champions in the public and private sector have been extremely active in the last ten years and successful in attracting investment in the Village’s downtown. The Village’s appealing assets, including its historic building stock, walkable downtown, waterfront, and convenient location have attracted Federal and State incentives, leveraging private investment in Greenwich.
While the Village’s enthusiasm and planning efforts through the Brownfield Opportunity Area (BOA) program and other recent planning initiatives have helped establish a strong vision for the future, the reality is that in Greenwich, as in many upstate communities, organization and financial capacity and funding resources are limited. The NY Forward funding would be crucial to continuing local attraction and expansion efforts. With a community supported vision, a recently updated pedestrian-oriented zoning along the Main Street corridor, and the presence of existing water and sewer infrastructure, the study area is ripe with untapped redevelopment potential.
The Village of Greenwich has spent the past three years conducting public planning processes centered around Main Street that have led to and informed this NY Forward application. The Local Planning Committee (LPC) selected highly impactful projects with high community support. The identified projects are ready for implementation with leverage committed, would further the community identified downtown vision, and would have transformative impacts on Greenwich and the greater region.
Please accept this letter as evidence of our strong support for the application and give the Village of Greenwich’s application every consideration. Please contact me if I can be of further assistance in this process.
Kelly Stephen Eustis
Greater Greenwich Chamber of Commerce