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Grant Funds Discussed In Mineola

The Village of Mineola is applying for $335,000 in community development block grants for 2014, officials revealed last week. The grants, if approved by the federal government, would be used to revamp local storefronts on Jericho Turnpike between Mineola

Boulevard and Willis Avenue, an updated public handicap bathroom at Memorial Park and residential rehabilitation.

 

If approved, funds will not be available until January or February 2015, according to Community Development Coordinator and past mayor Bob Hinck. The federal funds are distributed to the Department of Housing and Governmental Affairs of Nassau County and are administered to municipalities on a need basis.

 

More than $150,000 would be used for facade renovations to retail stores. There are 42 stores north and south of Jericho Turnpike in the target area, nine of which are empty. Officials say this would encourage economic development.

 

“These grants may be used for external work only, facade, awnings or signage,” Hinck said.

 

Residential rehab would total $125,000, which would be broken up into $15,000 grants for one-family homes with low/moderate income. Improvements would include work on roofs, windows, doors and handicap accessibility.

 

Since 2002, the village has processed 106 requests and five are current applications are pending, Mineola officials said. According to the 2010 census, Mineola has 2,763 residents that are 65 years or older (15 percent of the village).

 

Hinck said $60,000 would be allocated to revamps for the Memorial Park bathrooms. He feels safety and accessibility are paramount.

 

“The purpose of this is to make existing bathrooms ADA (Americans with Disabilities Act) compliant including all facilities with handicap ramps and changing tables,” said Hinck.

 

These renovations would lend to the separate village plan to redo Memorial Park. The village recently purchased 73-feet wide and 38-feet deep bandshell. The village is also planning to build the gazebo on the northeast corner of the park near the intersection of

Jackson Avenue and Marcellus Road, officials said.

 

These grants are made available to villages to improve the lives of residents in both public and private spaces.

 

Mineola must apply each year. However, Mineola would not necessarily receive the amount for which it applies.

 

These grants are made available to villages to improve the lives of residents in both public and private spaces.

 

“We certainly appreciate all the hard work [Hinck] continues to do for the residents in the community,” Mayor Scott Strauss said. “The programs give not only senior citizens, but anyone who falls within the parameters of the program a little extra boost to maintain their homes.”

 

Mineola applied for $610,000 total in block grant funding last year: $125,000 went to residential rehabilitation throughout the village, $75,000 for code enforcement to enforce illegal housing, $60,000 for construction of a pocket park on Emory Road and $350,000 for the Village Hall power generator.