Village applies for $10M grant
By the end of this week, the Village of Patchogue will have submitted for a shot at the New York State Down Town Revitalization Grant of a one-time $10 million stipend for the second year in a row.
Business Improvement District executive director Dennis Smith said the application made last year was more just “putting their hat in the ring.” But this year, he said, he feels the village has a good chance with more clarity of a transportation-type project.
If awarded, he said the village would use the money to build a parking garage in the Suffolk County 6th District Court lot.
Mayor Paul Pontieri explained that the grant would also be used to repair roads, possibly facilitate the Plaza Cinema & Media Arts Center move to East Patchogue and for a sewer expansion and hotel.
“This is a great opportunity for us. We have a lot of generational problems such as parking, and to be able to support our projects financially would be wonderful,” he said. “The grant is very competitive. It went to Nassau communities in the past, so maybe it’s our turn, we’ll see. It’s an opportunity you don’t let pass by.”
Last year, Hicksville was awarded the stipend and the year prior, Westbury, both for regional development projects of their transportation hubs to connect to the newly created third track at the train stations, Smith explained.
Marian Russo, Community Development Agency executive director, helped write the grant. She said even if the village is not selected, it is a good opportunity to showcase the village’s projects to the regional economic development committee for future funding opportunities.
The $10 million Down Town Revitalization grant is funded by the NY State Consolidated Funding Application, which was due by today, Thursday, May 31. Smith said he anticipates hearing back sometime in the fall/winter.
“This grant looks to promote downtown revitalization, but also through centralized transportation,” he continued. “Having a place to park a lot of cars with access to the train, ferry and river like we do would fit right in.”
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