For Immediate Release
September 9, 2020
Mayor Madden Announces Completion of Seawall Stabilization Project, Opening of Downtown Troy Marina, Riverfront Park North
TROY, NY – Mayor Patrick Madden today announced the completion of Troy’s downtown seawall stabilization project, part of the continued revitalization of the Collar City’s Hudson River waterfront. The project—funded through the Federal Emergency Management Agency—repaired approximately 3,500 liner feet of seawall between north of the Hedley Building and Monument Square following significant damage caused by Hurricane Irene. Local, state, and federal officials joined Mayor Madden and U.S. Senator Chuck Schumer on for a ribbon cutting ceremony to mark completion of the major infrastructure project on Tuesday.
Photos from the ribbon cutting event are available here.
Mayor Madden said, “Many remember the damage that Hurricane Irene visited upon the Collar City in 2011, and the subsequent impact on the seawall, local businesses, and downtown waterfront from high winds and flooding. Completion of this major infrastructure project—the largest in our City’s history—helped stabilize our seawall, protect vital infrastructure, and built a foundation for further revitalization of our waterfront, including construction of our new downtown marina, and Riverfront Park North.”
“Repairs to this critical asset would not have been possible without the support of Senator Schumer, and our state and federal partners at New York State Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Services (DHSES), and Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA). We are grateful for their assistance & guidance in bringing this project to completion for the benefit and enjoyment of future generations of Trojans.”
“Today’s celebration was years in the making, and the Troy Seawall restoration will not only protect the Hudson River waterfront by mitigating future flood damage but also increase economic investment in the waterfront and the entire community,” said Senator Charles Schumer. “I am proud of both the role I played to deliver the millions in funds needed to help get this project across the finish line and the tireless efforts of Mayor Madden and his team. They have done a wonderful job coordinating the work, and synergizing the effort with beautiful redevelopments of the Troy Downtown Marina and Riverfront Park North.”
“Under the leadership of Governor Cuomo, New York has worked hard to not only strengthen New York’s emergency preparedness posture into one of the nation’s best, but ensure our communities have the resources they need to build back better when disaster strikes,” said New York State Homeland Security and Emergency Services Commissioner Patrick A. Murphy. “Thanks to the efforts of so many people working in coordination at all levels of government, this revitalized waterfront adds a critical level of protection for all those who live and work in downtown Troy, as well as a new way for visitors to enjoy the city and all of its rich, beautiful history.”
Project upgrades included the addition of new steel and concrete to existing bulkheads to strengthen the structural integrity of the seawall. The improvements will also help protect waterfront properties and businesses, and sewer infrastructure lines from potential breaches.
Mayor Madden also announced the completion of several waterfront revitalization projects that have transformed Troy’s downtown waterfront, including the Troy Downtown Marina, and Riverfront Park North extension. The projects were funded through various state and federal grant programs from FEMA and New York State Department of State.
“During the last four years, we have worked tirelessly to revitalize our City’s seven-mile waterfront, including the Ingalls Avenue Boat Launch, the South Troy Industrial Park Road, and Uncle Sam Bike Trail,” Mayor Madden added.“Completion of the seawall, marina and Riverfront Park north in downtown Troy is essential to our progress in restoring Troy’s waterfront, improves resiliency against the impacts of climate change, and provides new amenities to attract visitors and residents to explore what Troy has to offer.”
Riverfront Park North
The Riverfront Park North project expanded the existing Riverfront Park, connecting downtown Troy to the Marina District. Funded through a $562,000 Regional Economic Development Council (REDC) grant award administered by New York State Department of State, the project redesigned the public space along the Hudson River north of the Green Island Bridge. Additionally, the project completed a 1,500 foot waterside gap in Troy’s Hudson Riverwalk between Riverfront Park and the Courtyard Hotel. The Riverwalk provides a direct link between Troy’s neighborhoods and the downtown waterfront, creating opportunities for the public to explore the City’s waterfront, businesses, and other amenities.
Upgrades to Riverfront Park North include new outdoor seating, energy-efficient lighting, and storm water infrastructure upgrades. Additionally, the park provides direct access to the Troy Downtown Marina, and includes space for bathroom and shower facilities associated with the marina, and offers sweeping views of the Hudson River, Starbuck Island, and the downtown waterfront.
New York State Secretary of State Rossana Rosado said, “New York State is committed to helping our cities revitalize their waterfronts, and the improvements being made along the Troy riverfront are an important step in strengthening Troy’s connection to the Hudson River. These projects will create more public accessibility to the river and improve resiliency against flooding and sea-level rise. The Department of State is proud to work with the City of Troy, and our state and federal partners, to play a key role in implementing the Riverfront Park Master Plan through our Environmental Protection Fund Local Waterfront Revitalization Program.”
Troy Downtown Marina
The Troy Downtown Marina is open for courtesy docking through the remainder of the boating season (end of October 2020). The City will issue an RFP later this year for operation of the marina in 2021, including fuel sales, onsite restroom and shower facilities, and overnight docking. The marina sustained significant damage during Hurricane Irene, and operated in a limited capacity while repairs to the seawall were underway.
Reconstruction of the Troy Downtown Marina was funded through FEMA’s Public Assistance and Hazard Mitigation grant programs. Construction of the marina was dependent on completion of the Seawall Mitigation and Stabilization project.
Mayor Madden said, “Design and repairs to the seawall included the planned reconstruction of the Troy Downtown Marina, part of our ongoing commitment to revitalize our waterfront, reconnect Troy neighborhoods to the Hudson River, and support our local economy. We thank FEMA for funding this important waterfront project, and look forward to welcoming back boaters to the Collar City this fall and in 2021.”
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John Salka, Deputy Director of Public Information
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