The City of Watertown is requesting proposals from qualified consultants to prepare a Downtown Revitalization Plan. The City was awarded a Strategic Planning and Feasibility Studies grant from the New York State Department of State, which will be used to pay for the plan. Watertown is fortunate to have a historic downtown that generates jobs and provides opportunities for entertainment and families. This has not always been the case. Watertown’s downtown faced decades of decline throughout the 1980s and 1990s as a result of residents and businesses leaving the area as well as a lack of community involvement.
Seeing a dire need to stimulate growth and vitality and reverse the decline of the downtown area, the City of Watertown has been working diligently in recent years to initiate a revitalization of its core. Many historic buildings have recently undergone rehabilitation and the area is seeing many positive changes. This has created new places to live and allowed new businesses to open their doors. In order to sustain the positive momentum, a revitalization plan is necessary to provide direction and guidance for future revitalization efforts.
For the full RFP, see the Attached Document