Downtown Revitalization Certificate

This certificate program provides professionals and advanced/graduate-level students the introductory knowledge and skills required to meet the needs of government, business and non-profits to plan, design, and implement efforts for the Downtown Revitalization of their communities, and their Main Streets/Commercial Corridor Districts, etc., and to help meet the goals of federal, state and local programs such as U.S. HUD—Community Development Block Grants, and the NYS Office of Community Renewal’s New York Main Street Program, NYC-Small Business Service’s Storefront Improvement Program, etc.

This program introduces cutting-edge best practices, case studies, and tools and is of particular value to architects, urban designers, and planners (both private-sector and public-sector/municipalities), Main Street Managers, Business Improvement Districts (B.I.D.’s) and their staffs, Chambers of Commerce and community planning groups, graduate–level students, and many more. A healthy downtown is both a symbol of community pride and history, and a civic and social center for positive interaction.

Current issues include:

  • Preserving the scale and character of our downtowns and Main Street communities
  • Helping to encourage and maintain small, independent (“mom and pop”) businesses
  • Revitalization and restoration of downtowns, improving the aesthetics of facades, signage, awnings, etc.
  • Improve streetscape and traffic (*safety)/street intersection-crossing improvements
  • Pedestrian and bicycle improvements, civic plazas and placemaking
  • Historic preservation

Students will learn how to assess, organize, plan and implement design and revitalization efforts into the Downtown/Main Street districts of their communities. A specific two-part (14-hour) “Downtown/Main Street Strategy” course(s) will allow (actually require) students to actually apply and implement what they learn from ALL eight courses in this program—to the downtown/Main Street district of their own town or neighborhood district. Students will design and present their own project (of their own Downtown/Main Street District) during the program—culminating in a Final Review at the end of the Capstone course (two-part: “Downtown/Main Street Strategy” courses).

Certificate Fee

$100, nonrefundable

Certificate Requirements

The certificate program requires the successful completion of all eight courses, which totals 56 hours of study.

PLEASE NOTE: PMPD-405 and PMPD 407 should be taken in order, 405 first and 407 second. All other courses can be taken in any order except for the final capstone course offered in spring 2019. 


Part-two of required courses:
 

QUALITY FAÇADE RESTORATIONS IN YOUR DOWNTOWN

PMPD-300

Downtowns and Main Street Districts throughout NYC and New York State are filled with wonderful historic buildings; these main Streets are very special places worth preserving. The unique and special architecture of these existing buildings as well as the sense of place they help create are perhaps the most critical physical design feature in all our villages and towns. Preservation, restoration rehabilitation and quality adaptive re-use of these historic buildings on our Main Streets, and downtown areas are absolutely critical to the revitalization process. This course will focus on the very important role that historic buildings play in the revitalization of our Main Streets. Specific project examples and case studies of successful projects throughout NYC and New York State will be presented and discussed.

SATURDAY| VICTOR DADRAS
MAR 9 | 9 AM–5 PM
1 SESSION | 7 AIA/HSW LU’S, 7 PDH’S
$415

CREATING A DOWNTOWN REVITALIZATION PROGRAM: NEW YORK SUCCESS STORIES

PMPD-317

Communities around NYC and New York State are bursting with growth, energy and potential. Research shows that a healthy and vibrant downtown area/ commercial & civic district boosts the economic health and quality of life in a community. Our experience, over the past 25 years, working with villages and towns has clearly shown that a well-organized Downtown Revitalization Program is essential to the success of the revitalization process.  Local communities, villages and towns often simply lack the capacity to undertake this important effort properly, and are frustrated by their inability to revitalize their downtowns. Among the issues they face are: preserving scale and character, helping to encourage and maintain small independent (“mom & pop”) businesses, retail attraction, streetscape, traffic and parking, pedestrian improvements and public spaces. Possible services that can be offered include: visioning, assessments, place-making, grant writing, marketing, technical assistance workshops, and assistance in organizational capacity building. 

SATURDAY | ROBERT  DADRAS & ROBERT ELLIOT, NYMSA
MAR 16  | 9 AM–5 PM
1 SESSION | 7 AIA/HSW LU’S, 7 PDH’S

$415

PLACEMAKING IN THE URBAN ENVIRONMENT

PMPD-753

Placemaking is a people-centered approach to the planning, design and management of public spaces that promotes opportunities for moving, gathering, and connecting.  These spaces are not simply the leftovers between buildings, but are designed elements in themselves; working in conjunction with the buildings that surround them.  Placemaking views the creation of successful public spaces as the first step of a comprehensive design, which informs the location of components of the urban fabric, creating spaces that are valued by the community.

SATURDAY | TOM GRASSI
MAR 23  | 9 AM–5 PM
1 SESSION | 7 AIA/HSW LU’S, 7 PDH’S