Troy unveils 25-year plan for city's future

February 13, 2018 06:46 PM

Troy is putting the finishing touches on its master plan for the next 25 years. It includes heavy investment in neighborhoods and something called "waterfront lobbies."

The plan is really a vision for development in the city. It's the first comprehensive plan in more than 50 years. The city wants residents to weigh-in once again.

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Brad Stevens is busy -- reopening B-rads Bistro Express, now at 333 Broadway in Troy, across from the Atrium, two weeks ago.

"Troy has always been up and coming since I have been down here. Just doing so much. There's going to be so many people moving in here. There's a lot of properties," pointed out Stevens.

He's also bringing his food and flair to banquets and events at the former Germania Hall. He thinks Troy is a good place to invest.

It's just the kind of change Troy leaders like to see as they move forward with a new comprehensive plan. The last one was in 1962. Now, they're creating a road map for the next 25 years, working with the city's assets.

"Number one is the people, number two is our location on the riverfront, our educational institutions, the tech sector that we have here – the growing tech sector. So all these things come together where there's a lot of investment in Troy right now. Look up just even in the North Central area, which has three major projects starting now," noted Steven Strichman, the Planning & Economic Development Commissioner.

Right next door to Troy City Hall, a Marriott Courtyard is going up.

Four zones are targeted for reinvestment: Lansingburgh, North Central, The City Center and the South Waterfront.

Experts are also looking at waterfront lobbies at the end of a number of streets. They are spaces along the water's edge to connect people to the river.

Stevens is eager to see what the future brings for the city and for his business.

"Every corner you turn, there's something being built or repaired or revitalized," he exclaimed. "It's really cool to see."

The plan will be presented to the Planning Commission on February 21. The Troy City Council will be holding a public hearing on it in April.

Over the next month, they will be meeting with all the different neighborhoods to hear what people have to say.

The first waterfront lobby is expected to be tested this spring.


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