City of Amsterdam, Amsterdam, New York
The City of Amsterdam, a formerly powerful mid-sized industrial canal city in Upstate New York, faced population decline, economic disinvestment, and the legacy of urban renewal and highway arterializations which cut the city center off from surrounding neighborhoods.
The City coordinated with Saratoga Associates to develop the community’s first comprehensive plan in over thirty years. The plan refocused the City on the emphasis of traditional values; developing the heart of the downtown area and the fluidity of social interaction between vital, diverse neighborhoods.
The results of the comprehensive plan have been remarkable; nearly $25 million in infrastructure and recreational project investment has occurred since the adoption of the comprehensive plan, and a framework for future development has been identified. By applying the vocabulary of the comprehensive plan to downtown and waterfront revitalization, the City is poised to rebound from its longstanding economic doldrums.