Oswego, NY

Neighborhood Revitalization Strategy

Oswego, NY

Neighborhood Revitalization Strategy

czb arrived in Oswego in 2012 after residents contacted us seeking help establishing a neighborhood revitalization project. The city has a number of strengths, including its lakefront, a system of beautiful and walkable neighborhoods, and a number of anchor institutions, including a strong public university. But it had also been experiencing years of decline in its neighborhoods and commercial corridors. Between 2013 and 2014, we worked with leaders to establish the Oswego Renaissance Association, a non-profit group, and develop a strategy for neighborhood reinvestment.

czb arrived in Oswego in 2012 after residents contacted us seeking help establishing a neighborhood revitalization project. Between 2013 and 2014, we worked with leaders of the Oswego Renaissance Association, a local non-profit group, to establish the the non-profit and develop a strategy for neighborhood reinvestment.
  Team Members: Charles Buki, Karen Beck Pooley David Boehlke, Andrea Weinberg
  Services: Housing Analysis, Strategy Development, Visioning, Report Creation, Private Sector Engagement, Leadership Development
“How can a small city energize its neighborhoods and reverse years of disinvestment?”

Population

Median Household Income

%

of adults have a bachelor's degree or higher

%

of all households live in poverty

Assessment & analysis.

We conducted field surveys of the city’s 5,681 residential properties, analyzed more than 10,000 sales transactions, conducted more than 120 in-person interviews on streets across the city — all designed to help us understand current housing market conditions and discern where opportunities for additional investment existed.

New capacity created.

The Oswego Renaissance Association (ORA) was founded. It’s a non-profit dedicated to the promotion, development, restoration, and preservation of healthy, vibrant neighborhoods and communities. In addition, the city created a Zoning and Planning Director position at City Hall.

Funding allocated.

ORA programs have facilitated the investment of over $1 million in local neighborhood improvements. Additionally, the City of Oswego has been awarded many planning grants, including $10 million for downtown revitalization projects and nearly $1 million for other key planning projects in the city.
Since the publication of our final report, city officials and residents have made major gains. More than 240 families have participated in the Oswego Renaissance Association’s new Block Challenge Program, enabling them to make significant investments in their homes. The program has already encouraged the investment of more than $1 million in local neighborhood improvement activities. The city’s new Zoning and Planning Director position has helped the city successfully apply for more than $10 million in grants in support of planning activities.

Taking Back the Neighborhood:

How one group of neighbors in Oswego, NY joined together and changed everything.

Time to choose

Our final report to Oswego identified four key middle-market sub-areas that we believed would be key to Oswego’s neighborhood growth and stabilization. We advised that these sub-areas should be the springboard for Oswego’s future neighborhood revitalization activities.

Time to choose

Our final report to Oswego identified four key middle-market sub-areas that we believed would be key to Oswego’s neighborhood growth and stabilization. We advised that these sub-areas should be the springboard for Oswego’s future neighborhood revitalization activities.

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