Economic Development

October 16, 2018

About Us

Delaware Engineering, D.P.C. is different from other professional engineering firms. Our deep respect for our clients, community, and colleagues sets us apart.

Our clients are predominantly municipal entities with selected industry in our portfolio as well. We understand that municipal leaders come to government from all walks of life and bring unique perspectives, knowledge and experience that are to be respected and engaged in the process of governing. The functions of government are complex and it is our role to provide facts and guidance to municipal decision-makers to ensure that the best interests of the public are achieved. With respect to industry, we are keenly aware that infrastructure and regulatory compliance are non-core functions that in some cases distract from operating a successful, profitable business. Our role is to handle non-core infrastructure and regulatory functions so that business leaders can focus on core functions.

Our community is as broad as the locations in which we work. From our offices in Albany and Oneonta, our geography spans from New York’s Capital District throughout the upper and lower Hudson River Valley through the Adirondack and North County Region to the Metropolitan Suburban Region north of New York City through the Catskill Region to the State’s Southern Tier. Wherever we are engaged with municipalities or industry, we are engaged with community. We respect the unique character and nature of each community in developing customized solutions to water, wastewater, stormwater, municipal buildings, special projects and economic development challenges. Because we take the time to get to know each community personally, we treat each person and each project with a commitment and passion as though it is our own home town.

Our colleagues are the engine that drives our business. Our professional and technical staff of more than 60 engineers, scientists, planners and technicians are each responsible for the well-being of our clients, our communities, and each other. By encouraging personal connection and responsibility between our staff and their project work, clients benefit from the sincere dedication of our staff to a project’s success. Since the founding of the company in New York’s Delaware River Watershed in 1987, our colleagues continue to be driven by an intense desire to improve the world through everyday successes.

Delaware Engineering, D.P.C. is different from other professional engineering firms in our achievements in supporting communities and industry through access to grants and low cost financing and our community service contributions which we see as a small way to pay our accomplishments forward.

We welcome opportunities to explore new relationships with clients, communities, and colleagues.

Services: Economic Development

The relationship between economic development and infrastructure is a true conundrum.  To attract and maintain economic development, robust infrastructure is required.  To fund robust infrastructure, economic activity is required.  Creating Shovel Ready sites is a challenge.  Delaware Engineering, D.P.C. specializes in assisting communities and economic development entities including Industrial Development Agencies (IDAs) in crafting infrastructure and economic development plans that work concurrently to ensure that infrastructure is available to support economic development when and where it’s needed without financial overburden.  Identifying sites for economic development using Geographic Information Systems (GIS) and other data, developing site master plans and creative plans of finance, environmental impact assessment, public communications, permitting, design, bid assistance, construction supervision and start up services are employed by Delaware Engineering in the successful implementation of economic development strategies.

Town of Beekman

The Town of Beekman plans to create a new Town Center along NY State Route 55, incorporating approximately 135 acres of land. The objective of the Town Center is to focus a traditional pattern of mixed-use, pedestrian friendly development in a compact area while maintaining the rural character of the surrounding countryside. Development of the Town Center is intended to provide economic benefits in terms of tax base, a jobs/housing balance and a sense of community. In planning the Town Center, community leaders recognized that provisions of central water and sewer services are essential to support their vision of compact development.

The Town and Dutchess County Water & Wastewater Authority (DCWWA) engaged Delaware Engineering to evaluate various alternatives for providing central water and sewer services to the Town Center. Delaware completed a feasibility study which includes calculation of water and sewer service demand under current conditions and at full build-out; analysis of methods to convey potable water and to collect sewage within the Town Center; investigation of the potential to provide a new water supply and new wastewater treatment; and review of opportunities to connect the Town Center systems to existing DCWWA water and sewer systems.

 

Hunter Corridor Regional Planning Study

Delaware Engineering worked with The Town of Hunter, the Villages of Hunter and Tannersville, and Greene County, to prepare the Hunter Corridor Regional Planning Study – a comprehensive land use and development analysis for the State Route 23A region.

The Study assessed the potential impacts from future development on the Hunter Communities’ environmental, community and infrastructure resources.  Throughout the process, stakeholders engaged in inter-municipal discussions to characterize and focus the nature of development and growth.  The Study also analyzed the environmental conditions and infrastructure that would constrain or support desired land uses, and the federal, state, regional and local regulations that shape land use.  The Study concluded by offering planning tools and recommendations to the Hunter Communities to bring the shared vision to fruition, while protecting and conserving the intrinsic resources that give the Hunter Communities their sense of place.

Funding for the Study was provided by the Catskill Watershed Corporation’s Local Technical Assistance Program Schoharie Watershed Impact Studies Grant.

Town of Hyde Park

The Town of Hyde Park is an historic community located along the banks of the Hudson River. During the 20th century, the Town developed into an automobile-based suburb with residential neighborhoods surrounding the heavily travelled US Route 9 commercial corridor.  This automobile-centric stretch of Route 9 actively discourages pedestrian and bicycle usage, and the commercial node is safely accessible only by car.  Further, the commercial area to the east of Route 9 has failed to reach its full potential, in large part because the area lacks public sewer infrastructure.

With a NYSERDA Cleaner, Greener Communities grant, the Town hired Delaware Engineering to create a Planning & Engineering Report for the Redevelopment of the Town Center.  The goal was to provide the Town with the initial planning and engineering to begin revitalizing the declining central business district, transforming it into a vibrant, pedestrian-friendly Town Center that will encourage new mixed-use development and serve as a lively “village” where residents can live, work, dine, and do errands without the need of a car. The Report provides the initial road map to retrofit this key commercial node and to identify the multiple strategies to make the Town Center area “development ready:” both more marketable to investors, and more walkable for, and attractive to, residents. 

The Report identifies several initiatives to incent private investment:  updating zoning, improving Route 9, and most importantly, constructing a public sewer system. These advanced preparations will ultimately make the Town Center area more marketable to private investors and will establish a foundation consistent with the community’s desire to have a pedestrian-friendly downtown and, ultimately, a cleaner, greener community.

Delaware Engineering, as project manager and wastewater infrastructure specialists, together with Elan Planning, Mathes Public Affairs, MJ Engineering and Studio A, worked with stakeholders and an active steering committee to develop the Report.  Extensive public input, through public meetings, workshops and online surveys, were critical, The final Report includes:

  • Market analysis
  • Conceptual redevelopment plan
  • Wastewater treatment feasibility study and preliminary engineering
  • Transportation improvement design
  • Zoning code analysis and recommendations

Greene County Industrial Development Agency (GCIDA)

Delaware Engineering provided engineering services to the GCIDA for the extension of infrastructure in the Greene Business and Technology Park to support construction of a ~33,000 SF facility expansion. The project involved construction of a new full-depth asphalt roadway, design of a stormwater drainage system, preparation of lighting and landscaping plans, and plans for extension of existing buried utilities include water and sewer lines and conduits for power and communications. Delaware prepared construction plans, specifications, and bid documents, and provided construction management and inspection services. The project was funded by a $750,000 Community Development Block Grant and was completed in 2009.

Greene County Industrial Development Agency (GCIDA)

Delaware Engineering assisted the GCIDA in preparing a Generic Environmental Impact Statement (GEIS) for Fountain Flats Park, a proposed distribution center/light industrial park in the Town of Coxsackie. The GEIS examines the impacts of developing the 100-acre site for a phased business park hosting up to 1 million square feet of warehouse/ distribution space. Delaware coordinated the work of the specialized consultant team including environmental scientists, traffic engineers, and economic analysts and was responsible for ensuring that the complex SEQR process was followed.

Delaware was the primary author of all SEQR documents including the Draft and Final GEIS and Findings Statement. The major issues identified in the SEQR process were wetland and habitat mitigation, traffic impacts, archeological and cultural resources, visual impacts and mitigation, and neighborhood character. Adoption of the GEIS was a major step in the creation of a shovel-ready business park to encourage future development. Ferguson Enterprises Inc., the largest distributor of wholesale plumbing supplies in the nation, has recently announced that they will build a 460,000 SF distribution center on the site.