Franklin Alley revitalization project comes to fruition

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The project reinvented Franklin Alley into a unique and intimate public space, featuring new lighting, sidewalks, and public art inspired by Troy’s history and people.

“Transformation of the Franklin Alley into a vibrant outdoor public space has created an exciting addition to Troy’s eclectic downtown landscape. Through a combination of public and private investment, coupled with installation of unique public art celebrating our City’s vibrant history, we have established a new outdoor destination that helps to reimagine our city—one that is more attractive, vibrant, and...connected," Madden stated.

"Thank you to our project partners, including the Troy LDC, CRC, National Grid, and the Arts Center of the Capital Region, whose individual contributions helped bring this long-awaited project to reality," Madden added.

Located between River Street and Broadway, the Franklin Alley was previously used as storage for dumpsters, garbage collection, and access for delivery vehicles. Lined with a healthy mix of restaurants & bars, a bakery, boutique shops, new residential units, a senior center, and commercial office tenants, the alley was identified as an opportunity to reclaim for public activities.

The Franklin Alley revitalization project was first imagined by developer Jeff Pfeil and 3tarchitect’s Scott Townsend in 2013. Thursday’s ribbon-cutting celebrates the collaboration between the City of Troy, the Troy Local Redevelopment Corporation (TLDC), the Troy Capital Resource Corporation, The Arts Center of the Capital Region, National Grid, the surrounding property owners, and various public and private partners that brought the idea to fruition.

“The CRC is proud to have provided major funding to bring this vision to reality,” Justin Nadeau, Chair of the Troy Capital Resource Corporation remarked.

“We recognize that creating a safe, public gathering space and pedestrian corridor like this project, is a critical component of the Live, Work, Play investment strategy of the City," Nadeau noted.

"Bringing this community-driven project to fruition, after years of planning, is a sign of the progress that Troy is making,” Steven Strichman, executive director of the Troy Local Development Corporation stated.

“Having such a great coalition of public and private partners in the community is what helps create and maintain Troy’s special place-making, unparalleled in the Capital Region," Strichman added.

“The revitalization of Franklin Alley is a true public/private partnership, and one that National Grid is proud to support through a grant from its Urban Revitalization economic development program”, Laurie Poltynski, Regional Executive Director, National Grid commented.

"Funds are directed toward infrastructure, lighting, and streetscape improvements; we want to help the communities we serve achieve their revitalization goals," Poltynski added.

“It is incredible to watch a space transform from an uncomfortable utilitarian alley into an inviting passageway,” Katie Hammon, executive director of the Downtown Troy Business Improvement District remarked.

“Franklin Alley has been brought to life connecting our downtown in new ways. This alley shows us that the idea of a single individual is powerful when connected with a group of partners that can see and together shape a new reality. Though it may look like an alley, it has and will continue to serve as a connector, a space for creativity, and a vision of possibility. We are thankful to have been a partner in this project, transforming a piece of our downtown into an accessible and inviting space for all to enjoy," Hammon explained.

In addition to investments and upgrades to restore the alleys’ condition and improve accessibility, the project also features a significant public art component overseen by The Arts Center of the Capital Region. The alley features several murals, created using various media by artist Joe Iurato, inspired by Troy’s vibrant history and people, both past and present.

“Working on Franklin Alley gave us the opportunity to investigate Troy’s history and then connect it to the people who live and work here today,” Elizabeth Reiss, CEO of the Arts Center of the Capital Region noted.

“Our goal was to enhance the unique charm the alley has always held, but perhaps not yet seen until this restoration," Reiss added.

The Franklin Alley Mural, by artist Joe Iurato, is a project of the Arts Center of the Capital Region and supported by major funding from the New York State Council on the Arts and the Regional Economic Development Council; and Howard & Bush Foundation, Ellie Kittle Ingalsbe, The Massry Charitable Foundation, MVP HealthCare, The O'Bryan Family Foundation, The Troy Redevelopment Foundation, The Troy Savings Bank Charitable Foundation, and generous members of our community.

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