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Downtown Revitalization Initiative (DRI)

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$10M towards improvements

The Downtown Revitalization Initiative (DRI) is a comprehensive approach to boosting local economies by transforming communities into vibrant neighborhoods where the next generation of New Yorkers will want to live, work, and raise a family. In its fifth year, the program is investing $200 million across the state, or $20 million in each region. The downtown districts that receive the funding are chosen by each of the State's 10 Regional Economic Development Councils (REDCs).

The City of Buffalo is one of the two winners in the Western New York and has been awarded $10M towards improvements that will help transform the Broadway-Fillmore neighborhood. With technical assistance provided by the State and guidance from a local planning committee and the public, the City of Buffalo will develop a Strategic Investment Plan that identifies specific projects that align with a unique vision for revitalization of the downtown area. This website contains the information, documents, and announcements about the DRI as they become available throughout the process.

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DRI Boundary

The DRI boundary is within the City of Buffalo’s Broadway-Fillmore neighborhood and considered the “gateway” for the neighborhood, with the Broadway Market and the Central Terminal as two cultural anchors and Lombard Street, Fillmore Avenue, and Broadway as key commercial corridors. The northern boundary of the DRI area is a mid-block crossing from Strauss Street to Mill Street, extending south along Mill Street to an east-west mid-block crossing from Mill Street to Sobieski Street. The western boundary of the DRI Area is Warren Avenue from Sobieski Street to Newton Street. From Warren Avenue, the DRI boundary extends along Newton Street to Curtiss Street, wrapping around the Central Terminal complex and Memorial Circle to Memorial Drive. From Memorial Drive, the southern DRI Area boundary is a mid-block crossing that generally follows the parcel boundaries along the south side of Paderewski Drive to Townsend Street, which becomes the western boundary of the DRI area to Broadway. At Broadway, the DRI boundary continues along Strauss Street.  View/download map as a PDF file.

Boundary of study area as described in above paragraph.


The DRI accomplishes its goals through a unique state-local partnership that includes the Local Planning Committee (LPC), state agency staff, and a consultant team. The LPC is responsible for representing the interests and priorities of the community, while the state agency staff ensures that the process and deliverables are consistent with the goals, priorities and requirements of the Initiative. In addition, the state agency staff, together with the consultants, provides expertise, guidance, and technical assistance to develop a strategic investment plan that will achieve the vision and goals for revitalization of the downtown as approved by the LPC.

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