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City of Olean
Downtown Revitalization Initiative

What an exciting opportunity! On September 29, 2017, Olean was announced as one of the ten recipients awarded $10 million through Governor Cuomo’s Downtown Revitalization Initiative.

About the Downtown Revitalization Initiative

Now in its second year, Governor Cuomo’s Downtown Revitalization Initiative (DRI), is transforming downtown neighborhoods into vibrant communities where the next generation of New Yorkers will want to live, work and raise families.

Participating communities are nominated by the state’s ten Regional Economic Development Councils (REDCs) based on the downtown’s potential for transformation, and each community is awarded $10 million to develop a downtown strategic investment plan and implement key catalytic projects that advance the community’s vision for revitalization.

A DRI Strategic Investment Plan includes:

The final DRI Strategic Investment Plan must be completed in March of 2018.

A Local Planning Committee (LPC) will lead the Downtown Revitalization Initiative in each community, assisted by state planners from the NYS Department of State, NYS Homes and Community Renewal, and a consultant team hired by the state. The consultant team selected for the Olean DRI is led by Urban Strategies (urban planning and design) and includes C.J. Law & Associates (economic and market conditions), Watts Engineering (environmental and servicing), Foit-Albert Associates (heritage and architecture), BuroHappold Engineering (transportation) and Singleton (cost estimation).

Public engagement is a key component of the DRI planning process. The third and final Public Open House will take place on March 14th from 6:00-8:00 pm in Cutco Theater at Jamestown Community College.  Your input is important!

In addition, all members of the public are encouraged to attend LPC meetings and to contribute ideas, comments, and questions at the appropriate time.

For additional FAQs about the DRI, go to:

Upcoming Events


Recent Events

Local Planning Committee Meetings
PowerPoint Slides (pdf)
Public Open House Meetings
PowerPoint Slides (pdf)
11/19/2017 12/6/2017
12/5/2017 2/6/2018
1/3/2018 3/14/2018

For general information about the DRI go to:


Fair Housing Plan
Section 504 Americans With Disabilities Act Plan
City of Olean Comprehensive Zoning Update
Olean Comprehensive Plan
Olean Zoning Laws