National Expert Visits Downtown Gloversville

People celebrating at events in downtown Gloversville.

People celebrating at events in downtown Gloversville.

On October 27, 2017, CRG hosted Andrew Manshel for a presentation and discussion on downtown revitalization and placemaking efforts in Gloversville. Mr. Manshel is a nationally recognized expert in both economic development and placemaking, having served as the Executive Vice President of Greater Jamaica Development Corporation, Associate Director and Counsel at the Bryant Park Restoration Corporation, General Counsel and Director of Public Amenities to the Grand Central and 34th Street Partnerships, among other roles. Currently, Mr. Manshel serves as the principal of Place Master Projects Advisory Services and is a Director and Treasurer of Project for Public Spaces, Inc.

During his presentation, Mr. Manshel discussed the notion that no place is unique, therefore the options to iterate successful projects from other cities is endless. The key to sustainable economic development has been shown not to occur through incentivizing projects but by creating places where people want to be, with sustainable economic development following the people.

How do you make downtown Gloversville a place where people want to be? By having constant downtown programming. Programming can come in small and large forms, from offering tables and chairs with chess sets to major downtown events such as the Twilight Market or Southern Adirondack Wine & Food Festival.

To learn more about Andrew Manshel, please visit his Place Master website here.

Mr. Manshel’s full presentation is available here: Manshel_Gloversville Oct 2017.

Would you like to learn more about how Gloversville is working toward a sustainable economic revitalization? Please contact Jennifer Jennings, Downtown Development Specialist at jenniferj@fccrg.org or call her at 518.725.7700 ext. 107.

 

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Glove Theatre marquee takes center stage

The Glove Performing Arts Center also eyes upgrade

May 19, 2016

By KERRY MINOR, reprinted from the Leader Herald

GLOVERSVILLE – Repairs to the damaged marquee of the Glove Performing Arts Center will hopefully be made over the summer, an official with the theater said.

Richard Samrov, the theater’s executive director and co-chairman of programming, said the theater has found a local man who is willing to give his time to the theater to install new panels and the wiring that secures letters onto the marquee that was damaged over the winter.

Strong winds in February caused three pieces of glass and several plastic panels to come off the marquee and shatter on the ground during two separate weeks. In all, more than half of the front of the marquee is missing.

glove theatre marquee showing damage from wind storms

The marquee at the Glove Performing Arts Center in Gloversville is shown this morning. The marquee was damaged this winter, and could be repaired this summer. The Leader-Herald/Kerry Minor

 

“The marquee is very important. It is the first thing you see when you arrive,” he said

Samrov declined to name the person, stating he wasn’t sure if the individual wanted the publicity for his work.

The theater needs to replace six panels, along with wiring, metal edging and lighting. Samrov said finding parts for the marquee has been, and will continue to be, difficult due to its age.

“Being so old, it takes a bit of maneuvering to get new stuff,” Samrov said. “It takes time.”

He said eventually, the Glove Performing Arts Center wants to do an entire upgrade on the marquee, a project that would cost anywhere from $100,000 to $125,000.

For now, through, the Glove will focus on repairing the damage.

Samrov said donations for the marquee have been coming in since the spring from the community.

“People are interested in seeing the marquee repaired,” he said.

Samrov said anyone wanting to donate money for the repairs can send a check to The Glove Performing Arts Center, P.O. Box 566, Gloversville, NY 12078.

“If you want to continue to have the theater stay here, we need help and support to make it happen,” Samrov said. “We need support in order to do the things we need to do.”

Samrov said fundraising events that are held over the summer will have funds set aside from them for the marquee repairs. He said funds from the recent talent show were also set aside for the project.

“It takes a community to make something special. The more we have to work with the more successful we are,” Samrov said.

Kerry Minor covers Gloversville. She can be reached at kminor@leaderherald.com