Purpose & Needs

1 | 2 | 3 | 4

The corridor improvements to be implemented by NYS Department of Transportation in 2008 will create an environment and opportunity for further economic development in the neighborhood. The neighborhood’s proximity to the RPI campus and Downtown Troy is an additional advantage.  The economic development activity in these areas including new residential development can help stimulate new business creation and expansion in Mount Ida.

The neighborhood’s unique location, history and natural assets provide significant opportunities for promotion.  As noted above, Mount Ida will ideally create a formal neighborhood organization to promote revitalization efforts including business development, increased homeownership, enhancement of recreation and open space opportunities at Prospect Park and Poesten Kill Gorge and streetscape improvements along the Congress Street corridor.

Due to the breadth of the Main Street approach, success in revitalizing is neither quick nor guaranteed.  The effort requires dedicated leadership and long-term support of many people, a number of whom will be volunteers.  It is the hope of the 2007 RPI Building Conservation students that information contained in this website can be used to continue the improvements that have already begun.  Positive results will not only strengthen the Mount Ida neighborhood, but will also benefit the surrounding neighborhoods including downtown Troy, Hillside, East Side and Albia/Heights.

 

1 | 2 | 3 | 4