PRESS RELEASE – SEPTEMBER 28, 2016
DOWNTOWN MIDDLETOWN REVITALIZATION INITIATIVE
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
CONTACT: Mayor DeStefano’s office at 845‐346‐4100
Middletown, New York — The New York Department of State and City of Middletown
announced today that the Downtown Middletown Revitalization Initiative (DRI) will kick off
next week with the first, inaugural meeting of the initiative’s DRI Local Planning Committee.
The meeting will be held on Tuesday, October 4th at Middletown City Hall from 5:00 PM to 7:00
PM. The outcome of the DRI will result in a Strategic Investment Plan for Downtown
Middletown. This committee will meet monthly during the initiative’s process to provide
direction and overall guidance to the DRI consultant team. The public is invited to attend all
meetings. At this inaugural meeting they will have an opportunity to meet the consultant team,
hear about the planning work tasks and schedule, and to learn more about the proposed
program for involving the community throughout the plan development.
The State of New York is investing $10 million in each of 10 communities identified by the
Regional Economic Development Councils (REDC) to facilitate their transformation into more
vibrant communities. Downtown Middletown was selected as the Mid‐Hudson Region’s
Downtown Revitalization Initiative (DRI) community. Middletown is in the midst of a
renaissance, with city government, the Business Improvement District and other nonprofits,
educational institutions such as SUNY Orange, Touro College, Fei‐Tian College,
and Fei‐Tian Academy of the Arts, and the business community all working together
toward transforming Middletown into a vibrant downtown that serves all residents of
the City and the surrounding region. Much has already been accomplished; with an
infusion of state technical and financial assistance under the DRI, Downtown
Middletown could serve as a model for the revitalization of small cities across New York
The DRI Strategic Investment Plan will include an assessment of local assets and
opportunities and development of a unique community vision to guide and direct public
and private investment within and around the Downtown. The plans will also include
identification of economic development, transportation, housing, and community
projects that align with the vision that can be leveraged for additional investment.
Free parking and entry (including ADA access) is at City Hall, 16 James Street, Middletown.
Nearby transit service includes Shortline Bus Coach USA, 14 Railroad Avenue, Middletown.
If you need special accommodations or language assistance services (translation or
interpretation), please contact the Mayor’s office at 845‐346‐4100 no later than Friday,
September 30th in advance of the meeting. These services will be provided free of charge.
Experience Downtown Middletown this weekend
Thursday – August 18, 2016
Orange County Chamber of Commerce and City of Middletown Business Improvement District invite you to this summer's Sip & Schmooze
Beginning at 5:30pm Visit Local Small Businesses, Eat & Drink, and Network
6pm-8pm Music by “The Two of Us” at the Run 4 Downtown Park (9-15 North Street) Free Event
8:15pm Free Outdoor Movie on the King Street Walkway
Disney’s McFarland USA, (PG)
Friday – August 19, 2016
6pm-8pm Music by “The Vibe” at the Run 4 Downtown Park (9-15 North Street) Free Event
6pm-8pm Pre-Race Run 4 Downtown Pasta Dinner hosted by Shoprite Supermarket on the King Street Walkway (Purchase of $10 wristband is require to participate, proceeds will go the Run4DT organization and the Middletown BID)
7pm-9pm Music by Jenna Esposito – The Great American Songbook at Festival Square – Free Event
(29-37 West Main Street)
Paramount Theatre – Captain Fantastic (R) check website for times and ticket prices- www.middletownparamount.com
Saturday – August 20, 2016
“RUN 4 DOWNTOWN” – 4 Mile Run/Walk beginning at 9 am
Still time to register www.run4downtown.org all proceeds to benefit the Downtown BID
Sponsored by Orange Regional Medical Center
The Run 4 Downtown will be taking place Saturday August 20th
The Race begins at 9 AM
The Post Race Party Starts at 9:15 AM
The YMCA Fun Zone Starts at 9:30 AM
And the Taste of the Town begins at 9:45 AM!
And New This Year, join us for:
The Shoprite Pre-Race Pasta Dinner!
Taking place Friday Night at the King’s Street Walkway From 6 to 8 PM
A Wrist Band is Only $10 for Non Race Participants and can be used at the Taste of the Town
For More information visit Run4downtown.org