Mayor Michael T. Meehan and B.I.D. President Elizabeth V. Stephens announced that New York State and Village of Manorhaven funding is now available for the Manorhaven Main Street Program, a comprehensive plan for the revitalization of Manorhaven's "downtown" area.

Under the Manorhaven Main Street Program, local businesses can qualify to receive grants for façade and building improvements to their commercial properties. The target area for the program consists of Manorhaven Boulevard and Shore Road. Funds available from the New York State Main Street Grant program and the Village of Manorhaven will cover 75 percent of the costs of renovation. Additional funds from the village, the state, and the B.I.D. will cover streetscape improvements within the target area.

"The B.I.D. Board of Directors is excited to bring this program to fruition. The B.I.D. was created to deliver community-based projects such as this," said B.I.D. President Elizabeth Stephens.

The village and the B.I.D. are hosting an open community presentation on Monday, April 20, between noon and 1:30 p.m. and again between 5 p.m. and 7 p.m. at Manorhaven Village Hall, 33 Manorhaven Boulevard. This presentation is designed to provide an overview of the program and solicit design concepts from commercial property owners, tenants, and residents. By incorporating community input into its design standards, the Manorhaven Main Street Program will develop an overarching theme for Manorhaven's commercial corridor.

While this program represents a great stride forward in promoting the revitalization of Manorhaven's "downtown," the participation and cooperation of local property owners and commercial tenants are essential. "We need every interested party to take an active role in developing this program into one that will unify our village, both aesthetically and commercially," said Mayor Michael Meehan.

"During these difficult economic times, any action that brings state and local government, nonprofits, and small business people together to improve local commercial activity is a home run for our community," stated Roy Smitheimer, executive director of the Greater Port Washington Business Improvement District.

The Manorhaven Main Street Program includes significant efforts to reduce the cost borne by program participants. By funding façade improvements at the maximum level allowed by the state (75 percent), businesses will be able to participate in the program at a maximum contribution of $5,000. The B.I.D. is arranging for low-cost financing for business owners who participate. In return for grant money, business owners will adhere to the various elements of the program including compliance with all local laws, architectural guidelines, meeting and getting approvals from the respective bodies of the Village.

Current funding for the Manorhaven Main Street Program stands at over $300,000, including $200,000 from the New York Main Street Grant program, a commitment of $80,000 in matching funds from the Village of Manorhaven, and another $30,000 in matching funds from the B.I.D. Participant commitment will add another $100,000 to the total investment. The village and the B.I.D. are diligently pursuing additional funding sources.

For further information, contact either Roy Smitheimer, executive director of the Greater Port Washington Business Improvement District or Jonathan Fielding, village clerk for the Village of Manorhaven.

Executive Director

Greater Port Washington

Business Improvement District

PO Box 121, 329 Main Street

Port Washington, NY 11050

(516) 883-8890

Village Clerk

Inc. Village of Manorhaven

33 Manorhaven Boulevard

Port Washington, NY 11050

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