Town of Union Recovery Plan – BAE Development

Town of Union, NY: ReUnion Plan For Community Recovery and Resiliency

Union NY's ReUnion Project's Community Plan for Resiliency and Recovery is an innovative best practice-driven, highly collaborative strategy for sustainable waterfront revitalization following two devastating 500+ year floods. Some community members were stuck believing that big ticket (and unsustainable) measures like dredging or widening the River was the silver bullet. A Resiliency and Climate Change workshop, with presentations by recognized leaders addressed these issues head on. A three-day interactive design workshop led by PLACE Alliance New York and New England Environmental offered two open houses drove the message in support of LEED ND Main Street Revitalization, compatible re-densification of neighborhoods and use of green infrastructure to support for a paradigm shift in land use and management and emerging best practices in sustainable development and resiliency.

Through an interactive web-based MindMixer site, visioning workshops, a climate summit, a highly interactive charrette, multiple site and neighborhood specific LEED ND, green infrastructure, and low impact development projects would help to enhance waterfront access and downtown revitalization were developed. The vision for green urbanism and resiliency is already being implemented and will create lasting value in a restored and safer quality of life. The strategy for the Town and its two villages of Johnson City and Endicott is a winner of a NYRCR Rising to the Top Award for Best Regional Collaboration and its priority projects feature prominently in the Southern Tier REDC's Upstate Revitalization Initiative proposal. The sustainable best practices are already raising the bar for mixed use neighborhood revitalization, attracting positive attention, and driving action and improvement in quality of life.


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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