Village of Sidney, NY Riverlea Farm Resilient Neighborhood

For the Sidney GreenPlain to work residents need to be relocated to safe homes. Some small, empty, developable sites are available for infill, but neighbors in the extreme risk areas said they preferred to stay together and recreate the character of their riverside neighborhoods. River Street's team with Place Alliance and New England Environmental helped the Village to envision the majestic Riverlea Farm into a complete neighborhood where families and seniors can rebuild their lives. Riverlea, which means "high above the water," is a beautiful property that includes approximately 100 acres of prime developable land featuring spectacular views of the valley. At full build out, the Riverlea Farm neighborhood – a LEED –ND planned community, will offer 40 single-family homes and up to 12 relocated homes. The senior apartment component will include between 24 and 32 units of accessible one-and two-bedroom apartments. This complex will use green materials to increase energy efficiency and reduce long-term operating expenses. The 20-40 unit senior cottage community will offer accessible, architect-designed modular cottages with porches fronting a central green, shared patio areas, and connections via walking trails to all of the Riverlea amenities.

Vulnerable municipal services will be relocated to Riverlea Farm; a regional senior center and a Boys and Girls Club will be developed which will also serve as emergency shelters. A neighborhood business cluster will be encouraged, and the potential for a regional conference hotel, offering jobs that would be accessible to low and moderate income residents. Riverlea Farm will be developed with green infrastructure practices that detain, clean and infiltrate all its runoff on site, and may incorporate green energy sources for homes and businesses, such as a solar micro-grid. A common green space will showcase the site's history by preserving the farm's iconic "triple silos" to overlook a new community duck pond. The pedestrian friendly mixed-use center will connect via sidewalks to the neighborhood's green spaces, parks, trails, and natural areas. Mixing uses in a compact neighborhood that encourages walking and bicycling makes Riverlea a candidate for LEED ND certification, and designation by the AARP as an "Age-Friendly Community."


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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