Downtown Revitalization Plan

Downtown Revitalization Plan

Rouses Point has a distinct advantage over other communities in New York State due to its authentic downtown located on a major lake.

In 2006, the Village of Rouses Point developed a Downtown and Waterfront Revitalization Plan to take advantage of the opportunities afforded by the Lake Champlain shoreline for residents and visitors alike. Since that time, the Village has been busy implementing the plan, with construction of a scenic pier and shoreline walkway, as well as improvements to the boat launch and the downtown. The Village has restored the former railroad station to a History and Welcome Center.  The Village also developed Downtown Design Guidelines for the downtown and waterfront to assist property owners and developers as the renovate or construct buildings. Using the unique combination of assets such as the location on Lake Champlain, historic building stock, adjacent neighborhoods, and a proud community heritage, this downtown revitalization strategy has been prepared to reposition Rouses Point as a distinctive place in which to live and visit.

There are many business opportunities in Rouses Point. Some wants/needs as defined in the Revitalization Plan include:

  • Restaurants
  • Wine/Liquor store
  • Florist
  • Specialty food store or Produce stand
  • Affordable "boutique" shops
  • Pubs/Taverns
  • Physical Fitness Studio
  • General Merchandise
  • Outdoor cafes on Lakefront
  • Bike/Boat rentals
  • Souvenir/Gift/Cards
  • Fishing Guides
  • Book Store
  • Children's Apparel/Toys
  • Lodging - Hotels/Motels/Inns/Bed & Breakfasts
  • Sporting Goods
  • Marina Supplies/Apparel/Gifts
  • Scenic Lake Cruises
  • Outdoor activity tours - snowmobile, XC skiing, Boating

View our entire "Downtown & Waterfront Revitalization Plan for the Village of Rouses Point" in PDF format for more information.

View our Downtown Design Guidelines in PDF format for more information on renovating and constructing buildings.

For more information on starting a business in Rouses Point, please fill out an inquiry form or contact the Village Clerk/Administrator, at

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