"It casts a pallor at the entry point to the village," said Gillen.
In Rotterdam, Gillen said many of Metroplex's initiatives will focus on the Hamburg Street corridor. FaCade improvements, filling vacant buildings like the old Grand Union supermarket and working toward the instillation of a sewer line for Hamburg Street and Route 7 are all on Metroplex's agenda, said Gillen.
Gillen said Glenville and Duanesburg might also benefit from faCade improvements.
"Our main street initiative takes its name from the success we've had in downtown Schenectady in revitalizing downtown," said Chair of the Schenectady County Legislature Susan E. Savage, D-Niskayuna. "We're personally committed to expanding the program to the village of Scotia where this project is really a perfect fit, and to Rotterdam."
The main street program is only one of a number of improvements suggested by Gillen for the county's municipalities at his presentation.
Gillen said one target area was St. James Square in Niskayuna, a shopping plaza off of Balltown Road with an abundance of empty retail space. Gillen said Metroplex was currently in the process of speaking with several potential tenants.
Gillen said many of these potential projects are in the works for 2008 and beyond, but did not specify time frames for implementation of the initiatives. ""