River Street Planning & Development

On this page: Prattsville | River Street Planning | News

Rebuild Prattsville

Rebuild Prattsville Phot Collage

For nearly fourteen months, River Street Planning & Development has been privileged to organize and lead a volunteer team of colleagues to assist the Town of Prattsville, in Greene County to recover from Tropical Storms Irene and Lee. Our work involves all aspects of community planning, design, economic assessment, implementation planning and advocacy. The Prattsville community has high hopes. In April 2012 The Town Board unanimously adopted its Long Term Community Recovery Plan (LTCRP). Since then the Town was awarded a $50,000 grant from the New York State Department of State to hire River Street as its long term community recovery manager.

In August 2012, the Town was awarded $1.0 million in Community Development Block Grant funds to support housing rehabilitation and small business assistance to address storm damage. River Street prepared six grants that are pending review by New York State offices of Community Renewal, Department of State, Empire State Development Corporation, Office of Parks, Recreation an Historic Preservation, Council on the Arts and Energy Research and Development Authority for LTCRP priority projects. A major grant request to facilitate development of the visionary Town Common Project was recommended for funding by the Capital Region Regional Economic Council. Federal grants are under review by the United States Department of Commerce Economic Development Administration. Before the end of 2012, a full time Vista volunteer will begin work with the newly formed Prattsville Development Corporation to help River Street with program implementation. more ...

River Street Planning & Development

River Street Planning & Development, LLC is a woman-owned company located in Troy, New York. Our firm offers services in community planning, economic development, project finance, visioning and public process facilitation, and historic preservation.

We offer an effective, outcome-oriented approach to planning that builds consensus and capacity, strengthens local leadership, and shapes community pride and vision -- vital ingredients for successful community action.

Our planning work is anchored in, and shaped by, a strong element of public involvement, leading to greater cooperation of all citizens around common community interests. more ...


  • Adirondack Sustainable Economic Development and Priority Project Implementation Plan - Leading a multidisciplinary team of national and international consultants, River Street Planning has been selected to prepare a sustainable economic development strategy for the New York’s Adirondack Park communities. The program is funded by $375,000 in grants from the New York State Department of State and New York State Department of Environmental Conservation through the Environmental Protection Fund. Our effort builds on the highly successful Adirondack Futures initiative and ongoing development of a parkwide Recreation Plan. Working with Hamilton County and the Adirondack Partnership, we will evaluate economic opportunities for the region and work with local organizations to select and implement priority projects. Our partners on this project are:
    - Toole Design – Boston, Massachusetts
    - Tourism Economics -
    London, England and Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
    - DCG Corplan Consulting - West Orange, New Jersey
    - Adworkshop/Inphorm – Lake Placid, New York
    - M. J. Engineering – Clifton Park, New York
  • Hunter Foundation Strategic Plan - River Street has been selected to work with the Hunter Foundation’s Board of Directors to develop a new Strategic Plan. The Hunter Foundation is a housing and community development organization serving Greene County New York’s Mountain Top region. River Street will evaluate the organization, review community demographics, conduct two community workshops and facilitate Board workshops. A new Strategic Plan will be complete in June 2013.
  • Thomas Cole House National Historic Site Capital Campaign - The Thomas Cole House National Historic Site in Catskill New York has chosen River Street to assist them as part of a team helping to develop a capital campaign. Thomas Cole was a founder the 19th Century Hudson River School of landscape painting. At the heart of the organization are the 19th century spaces where Thomas Cole made history: the 1815 Main House, the 1839 Old Studio, and the gardens and views that surround them. One critical piece, however, has been missing for the last forty years – Thomas Cole’s New Studio. The Campaign focuses on reconstructing the New Studio; creating an appropriate new entrance to the historic site; establishing an administrative annex in a recently acquired adjacent building and building an endowment for exhibition and lecture programs. River Street will work with the Thomas Cole House to secure funding for the restoration project from State and Federal partners.
  • Prattsville New York Local Development Corporation - River Street continues to support recovery in Prattsville New York. We are providing support to the Prattsville Local Development Corporation as they implement the Town’s Business Recovery Grant Program. River Street is helping to structure and review requests for assistance from local businesses recovering from the damage of Hurricane Irene in 2011. In 2012 we helped Prattsville to secure over $1.6 million in funding for small business restoration, housing rehabilitation, park improvements, streetscape improvements and homebuyer assistance.
  • Prattsville Art Center Business Planning - River Street continues to volunteer support to the Prattsville Art Center as it begins its life in a flood damaged building on Main Street. River Street assisted the Art Center to apply for a National Endowment for the Arts Our Town Grant and for a capital grant from ArtPlace, a new private funding consortium supporting creative placemaking and to develop a business plan. The Art Center was one of only forty applicants selected from the national competition to submit full applications and welcomed ArtPlace staff for a site tour in last February. Funding awards will be announced in May.
  • Upstate New York ALSA Honor Award For Excellence - In January, River Street was recognized as part of the Rebuild Prattsville Vision Plan Team when our Partner Synthesis Architects accepted the Honor Award For Excellence from the New York State Upstate Chapter of the American Society for Landscape Architecture for the vision concept developed with the community in the fall of 2011.
  • Erie Canalway National Heritage Corridor Commission Award of Excellence - Margaret Irwin, River Street’s Principal is serving as a member of the five person Jury for the Erie Canalway National Heritage Corridor Commission Award of Excellence. The award celebrates the significant places of the Erie Canalway National Heritage Corridor and recognizes excellence in advancing the goals of the Corridor’s Preservation and Management Plan as demonstrated by community projects along the Canalway corridor. The award will be announced in June 2013.
  • River Street, with Synthesis LLP and Shumaker Engineering has been retained by the Town of Union to develop a Long Term Community Recovery Strategy as the Town and Villages of Endicott and Johnson City continue to recover from 2011 Hurricane Lee. Our scope of work will include partnering with the Town to develop a long term vision-driven plan to become a more flood-safe and resilient place. The $175,000 project is funded by a grant from the New York State Department of State and by the Town of Union.
  • River Street has been hired by the Town of Westport to develop an Economic Revitalization Strategy. Our team members are Ernest Swiger and AES Northeast.
  • The Village of Sidney has selected River Street at its Long Term Community Recovery Manager. River Street is facilitating public input and developing a Long Term Community Recovery Plan and Economic Strategy for the Village. Our team for this project includes BCK/IBI Group, Synthesis LLP, and New England Environmental.
  • The Town of New Hartford has hired River Street to update their Comprehensive Plan, Zoning Ordinance and Southern Area Environmental Impact Statement. Our colleague Susan Blickstein will assist with SEQRA compliance.
  • The Village of Rouses Point has hired River Street to implement its Microenterprise Assistance Program funded by the NYS Office of Community Renewal. The program will provide grant assistance and technical support to small businesses, focusing on infilling the Village's historic main street core.
  • The Town of Fort Covington has hired River Street to plan and implement its economic and community development strategy.
  • As a member of a team lead by the Chazen Companies, River Street has been selected by the Town of Queensbury to provide market assessment and public process support to the Town's local waterfront implementation program and Brownfield Opportunity Area nomination activities.
  • On October 16, 2012 River Street Principal, Margaret Irwin was the guest speaker at the Oneida County Association of Towns Meeting. She spoke about the value that comprehensive plan and zoning review plays in establishing a resilient and sustainable local economy.
  • River Street recently completed The West Central Adirondacks Housing Needs Assessment for the Central Adirondack Partnership for the 21st Century. The report assesses housing needs and lays out a strategy to meet affordable housing needs for the Adirondack Park communities of Old Forge, Inlet, Forestport, Long Lake and Webb.
  • River Street is nearing completion of the Town of Kinderhook Comprehensive Plan update, and zoning updates for the Towns of Greenville and Paris and the City of Watervliet. The zoning update we prepared for the Town of Northampton was adopted on May 16, 2012.