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Downtown Revitalization Initiative Advances Projects to Transform Staten Island's North Shore into a World-Class Tourism Destination.

Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today announced eight transformational projects that will create and connect civic, commercial, and cultural assets throughout downtown Staten Island to revitalize the North Shore economy. Funded as part of Staten Island's $10 million award through the Governor's Downtown Revitalization Initiative, this funding will connect the central Bay Street Corridor running from the Staten Island Ferry Terminal and the historic St. George neighborhood to the rapidly developing Stapleton area.

"In rebuilding New York State's economy back stronger than it was before, we must think big and embrace bold visions for the future," Governor Cuomo said. "These projects in Staten Island, along with many others supported through the Downtown Revitalization Initiative, are helping to re-energize our communities and bolster the commercial corridors that are such critical components of our future economic success."

"As we build back New York's economy, our Downtown Revitalization Initiative capitalizes on the economic renaissance already taking place on Staten Island," said Lieutenant Governor Kathy Hochul. "With this targeted investment, Staten Island will be able to build on that momentum, create even more economic opportunity, and continue transforming the North Shore community."

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Staten Island was named Round 4 winner in November 2019. Downtown Staten Island includes St. George, the historic central business district and government hub for Staten Island, and the adjacent neighborhoods of Tompkinsville and Stapleton. Downtown Staten Island forms the centerpiece of the development effort on the North Shore. The Downtown's backbone is the Bay Street Corridor, which runs approximately 1.3 miles between the Staten Island Ferry Terminal to the southeast. Through these investments in small business revitalization, workforce development, arts and culture, wayfinding and upgrading commercial and non-profit anchors, Downtown Staten Island will engage in smart development to capitalize on the existing momentum and fully realize its vision to become a vibrant and thriving world-class tourist, retail and dining destination.


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