is happening in Little Falls!
Little Falls is in the middle of major change following
on from the Monday November 19th Herkimer County IDA
public hearing in Little Falls City Hall to present
a financing plan for the redevelopment of Shoppers
Square and listen to public comments.
the end of 2012, Big M closed on December 22nd and
demolition of a substancial part of Shoppers square
took place in the Spring of 2013. While construction
is going ahead, little public information has been
given out concerning the final appearance of the new
store and details are still awaited. We understand
that the store will be 30,000 sq ft with meat, fish
and bakery departments. Equally, no details have been
given about the external renovation of the remaining
part of Shoppers Square. What is so secret? If PriceChopper
wants to win over the local population, their future
customers, why not publish an update with visual plans?
realize that the plan represents a commitment and
investment by Price Chopper as well as the renovations
of the remaining buildings. Our city center will become
a focal point for our community and visitors as a
modern vibrant City-Center shopping area.
Street First believes that the renovation is a major
investment in the future of Little Falls. There are
still other considerations that need a resolution.
What happens next is up to you! For example, there
is a suggestion that alternate side of the street
parking should be considered for parts of East Main
Street and Albany Street, so that there is parking
in the City Center at night during the winter. A second
possibility is to change the directional flow of traffic
between Second Street and North William Street on
both Albany Street and East Main Street. This will
bring people up Main Street and benefit local businesses.
Street First is just a group of individuals who have
come together to try to influence the future, much
the same as those who came together to save and revitalize
Benton Hall, which stands as a monument to progressive
thinking which stands proud in our City. Our interest
is to see the center of Little Falls revitalized as
a walk-able community which will draw people and businesses
to our City.
York State has enacted legislation that follows the
preservation of city Centers to preserve localized
services and shops on which the communities depend
in a walkable distance. This is also a fast growing
trend sweeping across the United States.
welcome your support. The next few weeks and months
will be an important time for our community as these
changes occur..Please email us and let us keep you
up-to-date with developments as they happen.