City of Amsterdam, New York
This waterfront mill community reached its population and economic peak in the mid-1950’s. By the end of the 20th century, the mills had closed, leaving Amsterdam in the same dire situation as so many other manufacturing based communities. The once vibrant Port Jackson neighborhood on the south side of the Erie Canal was hit particularly hard and was in need of revitalization. Saratoga Associates worked with the City of Amsterdam to create a vision for this once thriving canalfront neighborhood. Realizing that the waterfront could be a tremendous asset, the revitalization plan focuses on converting a former coal gasification plant site into a waterfront park. As a result, the community is now drawn to the canal, which has spurred wider development of the waterfront as a regional tourism and recreation attraction.
Subsequent to this plan, the City used state investments to redevelop their infrastructure and streetscapes in the Port Jackson neighborhood, demolish abandoned mill buildings and recreate a linkage between the south side and downtown districts. The new pedestrian bridge over the Mohawk River serves as the final piece in reconnecting Port Jackson with its neighbors and will be a catalyst in bringing life back to this community.