Community Development and Housing

"We must not build housing, we must build communities" Michael Burton

River Street's work in neighborhood planning empowers local residents, is asset based, and results in unique and detailed action agendas to direct public and private investment. Our approach builds neighborhood and community capacity to assess needs and develop integrated strategies that improve the quality, choice, accessibility, and affordability of housing, community facilities, and recreation. We prepare housing market studies for a variety of developers, public housing authorities, and non-profit organizations. We craft funding applications for State and Federal loan, grant and tax credit syndication projects. We have designed model housing rehabilitation and homebuyer incentive programs that have been replicated in communities across New York State.

Along with dozens of housing market studies, a partial list of our community development and housing work includes:

  • OMNI Housing Development Corporation and Troy, NY Housing Authority Martin Luther King Housing Improvement Program
  • Town of Prattsville, NY Town Common Senior Housing and Community Center Feasibility and Market Profile
  • Town of Jay and Town of Keene, NY Affordable Housing Market Profile
  • Village of Sidney, NY Riverlea Farm LEED Neighborhood Development Mixed Use Neighborhood Feasibility Analysis and Market Profile
  • Hunter Foundation Strategic Plan
  • Schenectady, NY Local Development Corporation Strategic Plan
  • West Central Adirondacks Housing Needs Assessment 
  • City of Schenectady, NY State Street Transit Gateway Project Housing and Commercial Development Market Profile
  • City of Corning, NY Neighborhood Development Strategy 
  • Greene County, NY Housing Action Plan 
  • First Ward Action Council Housing Market Analysis
  • Housing Assistance Program of Essex County, NY Market Analysis
  • Troy Rehabilitation and Improvement Program Demographic, Housing and Socio-Economic Profile City of Troy, NY
  • City of Troy, NY Housing Authority Housing Stock Analysis and Needs Assessment
  • Rensselaer County Community Housing Resource Board Housing Analysis

River Street Planning & Development
4 Ridge Road
Troy, New York 12180

Phone: 518.273.8980


About River Street

River Street Planning & Development, LLC is a NYS Certified Woman Business Enterprise owned by Margaret Irwin, formed in 1997 with offices in Troy, New York. The company employs five staff members and provides services to a diverse group of organizations including Federal, state, county, and municipal governments of all sizes, public agencies, private businesses, nonprofit organizations, universities, investors and developers in the northeastern United States.  Services offered include public meeting planning and facilitation, focus groups, mediation, economic development, downtown and Main Street revitalization, design and administration of small business support programs, land use planning, zoning, historic preservation, and housing and commercial market analysis. River Street specializes in facilitating community engagement and identifying a consensus vision that can be shared and supported by diverse stakeholders. We offer an effective, outcome-oriented approach that builds consensus and community capacity, strengthens local leadership and shapes community pride and vision –  vital ingredients for successful community action.

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