Written by Record Pilot Staff Friday, 03 January 2014 00:00
On Dec. 11, 2013, the state announced Consolidated Funding awards for each of the 10 economic development regions designated by Gov. Cuomo more than three years ago. Long Island came out in first place, with $83 million in total funding.
Glen Cove took home $3.5 million between the $1 million awarded to the Piazza mixed-use redevelopment in the downtown and the $2.5 million award for the reconstruction of Herb Hill/Garvies Point Road, the critical infrastructure project linking the downtown to the $1 billion waterfront mixed-use redevelopment project known as “Garvies Point.”
The reconstruction of the roadway, also known as the Waterfront Connector, has been the focus of coordination efforts between Mayor Ralph V. Suozzi, CDA/IDA Executive Director K. Kelly Morris, the L.I. Regional Economic Development Council (EDC) and L.I.
Regional Planning Council, which designated our downtown and waterfront redevelopment a “Project of Regional Significance” back in 2011.
Kelly Morris, a member of the EDC's infrastructure working group for three years, presented the project to the council earlier this year.
“Having the opportunity to work closely with the regional council throughout this process has been a tremendous asset to the project and to the city,” Morris said.
Following the presentation and submission of the connector as a “transformative project” earlier this year, the grant application was submitted to the state, with the EDC recommending the project for award.
“This grant would not have been possible without the city’s redevelopment team, the leadership of Kelly Morris [and] the expertise of Ann Fangmann from D&B Engineers and Architects who authored the application," said outgoing Mayor Ralph Suozzi. Calling the initiative "critical to the city's rebirth as a waterfront destination, he also thanked "the State of New York for their continued commitment to Glen Cove and the economic development opportunities recognized in these projects.”
Currently undergoing Final Design, the Road is set to break ground in early 2015, concurrent with Phase I of the Garvies Point Mixed-Use Redevelopment on the waterfront.