What is the Downtown Riverfront Initiative?

The Downtown Riverfront Initiative is a comprehensive study of Troy’s historic downtown and riverfront corridor.  The study was commissioned by a group of private organizations, funders, the City of Troy and interested stakeholders who came together to form the Activate Troy Partnership.

The study resulted from the 2015 America’s Best Communities (ABC) competition in which Troy placed as a quarterfinalist. One of four key initiatives of our nomination called for a comprehensive plan to provide connectivity to downtown and the riverfront, physically and functionally. The objective is to create new amenities, attractions and economic opportunities to support the City in workforce attraction.

In late 2016, Activate Troy contracted with the urban design and planning firm, MKSK, and their strategic partners, to lead the study and provide recommendations for the Downtown Riverfront Strategic Initiative.  

This study was commissioned to help us maintain and enhance the special character of our downtown and riverfront corridor, protect its sense of place, encourage investments and create a dynamic commercial and residential district that instills pride in all citizens.