Governor Hochul Announces Transformational Projects for Tupper Lake as Part of $10 Million Downtown Revitalization Initiative Award

November 30, 2022

Ten Downtown Revitalization Projects Increase Housing, Enhance Public Spaces and Streetscapes, and Support Small Business

Part of a Strategic Goal to Enrich the Community with Key Catalytic Projects

Governor Kathy Hochul today announced 10 transformational projects in the Village of Tupper Lake as part of the $10 million Downtown Initiative Award. These projects will improve downtown public spaces and streetscapes and expand commercial, residential, entertainment and recreational opportunities in the Village's waterfront Uptown District.

"With revitalized waterfront trails, expanded housing options, and even a new brewery, Tupper Lake is shaping up to be a four-season, must-visit destination in New York," Governor Hochul said. "While we are already seeing the benefits to communities across the North Country, I am excited to continue our investment in small businesses and the upstate economy."

Tupper Lake is a resurgent Adirondack community that aims to make the community a nationally-recognized, vibrant, four-season Adirondack destination through the ongoing revitalization of their compact, mixed-use, walkable, waterfront Uptown District. The Village, which is located on the easternmost shore of Raquette Pond, originated as a logging and timber center in the late 1800s. Now, Raquette Pond and the surrounding forests attract tourists and outdoor recreation enthusiasts who contribute to the local economy and downtown businesses. The DRI awards will enhance tourist amenities, improve the streetscape and inter-connectivity among various destinations and create significant new housing, commercial and entertainment options.

The investments are part of the Governor's ongoing efforts to revitalize the upstate economy and create more opportunities within the North Country. The DRI is led by the Department of State providing technical assistance as each participating community develops a Strategic Investment Plan identifying specific projects with a unique vision for the revitalization of the downtown area.

The specific projects to be funded through the DRI support several goals and strategies contained in the community's Strategic Investment Plan, such as—expanded housing options; improved walkability and streetscape connectivity; and increased arts, cultural, entertainment and recreational opportunities by supporting small businesses. The $9.7 million State investment in these projects through the DRI will leverage an estimated $55 million in additional public and private sector investments as the revitalization process proceeds and builds momentum.

Read the full press release here.