Downtown grant awarded for safety
The Greater Patchogue Foundation of the chamber of commerce has been named one of Suffolk County’s Downtown Revitalization Round 16 Grant recipients in the amount of $43,520, as approved by the Suffolk County Legislature on Tuesday, Oct. 2. The funding will be used for handicapped ramps, decorative crosswalks and crosswalk signals at Rider Avenue and Main Street.
Approximately 18 applications were submitted and reviewed and 11 were chosen through a merit-based scoring system, which includes points for leveraging additional funds, economic impact, reasonable expectation of completion and being an integral part of the overall downtown improvement plan. A total of $500,000 was allocated from the county for the projects this round.
According to Dennis Smith, executive director of Patchogue Village BID and liaison to the Downtown Revitalization Advisory Panel, the Community Development Agency applied for the grant back in May to add a crosswalk as well as additional crosswalk signals and reconstruct ADA-compliant ramps at Rider Avenue and Main Street.
“This area is often overlooked,” he said. “It is very difficult to cross there and this was needed for the walkability and connectivity of our downtown.”
Marian Russo, executive director of the CDA, estimated total cost of the project at about $83,000, to be matched by almost 50 percent by the CDA. The project should begin sometime in late spring 2019.
“This area expands our Main Street east; it has a lot of opportunity for improvement and needs better pedestrian access and availability, not just to make it look nicer, but safer, too,” added Legis. Rob Calarco (D-Patchogue). “Patchogue has always been very successful at applying for these funds and put together another great application.”
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