Villages of Burdett & Odessa Commercial District Improvement Strategy

Schuyler County, NY

Applied Expertise

  • Downtown Development
  • Economic Development
  • Market Analysis
  • Public Involvement
  • Urban Design


The villages of Burdett and Odessa are important gateway communities located on the east side of Seneca Lake in Schuyler County. They share many qualities: both have beautiful Finger Lakes settings and a mill stream running through the downtown. Both have been also been left behind by an economy that has changed dramatically as the region has transformed from an agrarian and manufacturing center to a major wine, food and recreation economy.

peter j. smith & company was engaged to identify opportunities to sustain downtown economic vitality in the two villages to boost the quality of life for residents. Expanding opportunities for Burdett and Odessa are represented by the burgeoning Finger Lakes Wine country tourism and second home market, state highways that run through both villages and the resurgence of boutique farming and artisanal food production in the region. The Commercial District Improvement Strategy incorporates an open and collaborative process, reflects the vision of the stakeholders and residents of Burdett and Odessa.