Businesses, individuals and families thrive in welcoming, vital communities. Improvement of downtown spaces plays an important role in creating those communities. Combined-use spaces those housing both residences and retail businesses help the economy by off-setting rental costs for consumers and sellers alike. And, the addition of downtown dwellers has proven to awaken life in small towns in the evenings and on weekends - times when activity traditionally slows down.
Arbor Housing and Development's Community Revitalization projects have successfully combined residential and retail spaces in downtown areas thanks to grants from the NYS Division of Housing and Community Renewal as well as other funders. Some highlights include:
Hornell, NY Seneca Street Station
While façade improvements gave a fresh look to the storefronts, safety and quality-of-life improvements gave peace of mind to the people living in apartments above the retail spaces.
Bath, NY Liberty Street Revitalization Program
Storefront façade improvements freshened the look of the downtown area, while the addition of residential spaces boosted activity there.