For Immediate Release
November 5, 2020
Mayor Madden Announces Completion of Franklin Alley Revitalization Project
TROY, NY – Mayor Patrick Madden today announced the completion of the Franklin Alley restoration project, a major revitalization effort in the heart of Troy’s historic downtown to support the continued growth & vibrancy of the Collar City. The project reinvented Franklin Alley into a unique and intimate public space, featuring new lighting, sidewalks, and public art inspired by Troy’s history and people.
Mayor Madden said, “Transformation of the Franklin Alley into a vibrant outdoor public space has created an exciting addition to Troy’s eclectic downtown landscape. Through a combination of public and private investment, coupled with installation of unique public art celebrating our City’s vibrant history, we have established a new outdoor destination that helps to reimagine our city—one that is more attractive, vibrant, and connected. Thank you to our project partners, including the Troy LDC, CRC, National Grid, and the Arts Center of the Capital Region, whose individual contributions helped bring this long-awaited project to reality.”
Located between River Street and Broadway, the Franklin Alley was previously used as storage for dumpsters, garbage collection, and access for delivery vehicles. Lined with a healthy mix of restaurants & bars, a bakery, boutique shops, new residential units, a senior center and commercial office tenants, the alley was identified as an opportunity to reclaim for public activities.
The Franklin Alley revitalization project was first imagined by developer Jeff Pfeil and 3tarchitect’s Scott Townsend in 2013. Thursday’s ribbon cutting celebrates the collaboration between the City of Troy, the Troy Local Redevelopment Corporation (TLDC), the Troy Capital Resource Corporation, The Arts Center of the Capital Region, National Grid, the surrounding property owners and various public and private partners that brought the idea to fruition.
“The CRC is proud to have provided major funding to bring this vision to reality,” said Justin Nadeau, Chair of the Troy Capital Resource Corporation. “We recognize that creating a safe, public gathering space and pedestrian corridor like this project, is a critical component of the Live, Work, Play investment strategy of the City.”
Bringing this community driven project to fruition, after years of planning, is a sign of the progress that Troy is making,” said Steven Strichman, Executive Director of the Troy Local Development Corporation. “Having such a great coalition of public and private partners in the community is what helps create and maintain Troy’s special place-making, un-paralleled in the Capital Region.”
“The revitalization of Franklin Alley is a true public/private partnership, and one that National Grid is proud to support through a grant from its Urban Revitalization economic development program”, said Laurie Poltynski, Regional Executive Director, National Grid. “Funds are directed toward infrastructure, lighting, and streetscape improvements; we want to help the communities we serve achieve their revitalization goals.”
“It is incredible to watch a space transform from an uncomfortable utilitarian alley into an inviting passageway,” said Katie Hammon, Executive Director of the Downtown Troy Business Improvement District. “Franklin Alley has been brought to life connecting our downtown in new ways. This alley shows us that the idea of a single individual is powerful when connected with a group of partners that can see and together shape a new reality. Though it may look like an alley, it has and will continue to serve as a connector, a space for creativity, and a vision of possibility. We are thankful to have been a partner in this project, transforming a piece of our downtown into an accessible and inviting space for all to enjoy.”
In addition to investments and upgrades to restore the alleys’ condition and improve accessibility, the project also features a significant public art component overseen by The Arts Center of the Capital Region. The alley features several murals, created using various media by artist Joe Iurato, inspired by Troy’s vibrant history and people, both past and present.
“Working on Franklin Alley gave us the opportunity to investigate Troy’s history and then connect it to the people who live and work here today,” added Elizabeth Reiss, CEO of the Arts Center of the Capital Region. “Our goal was to enhance the unique charm the alley has always held, but perhaps not yet seen until this restoration.”
The Franklin Alley Mural, by artist Joe Iurato, is a project of the Arts Center of the Capital Region and supported by major funding from the New York State Council on the Arts and the Regional Economic Development Council; and Howard & Bush Foundation, Elllie Kittle Ingalsbe, The Massry Charitable Foundation, MVP HealthCare, The O’Bryan Family Foundation, The Troy Redevelopment Foundation, The Troy Savings Bank Charitable Foundation, and generous members of our community.
The City of Troy also recognizes and thanks the following project partners: the Troy Downtown Business Improvement District, the Arts Center of the Capital Region, 3tarchitects, Chazen Companies, National Grid, Westside Management, Bonacio Construction, Bryce Companies, AI Center for Excellence, The Independent Living Center of the Hudson Valley, James Pledger, Joe Iurato, Troy Capital Resource Corporation, and the Troy Local Development Corporation.
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John Salka, Deputy Director of Public Information
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