Friday, 21 August 2009 00:00
Nassau County Executive Thomas R. Suozzi announced plans for a major streetscape project to take place in the Elmont area. The project includes $1.9 million of additional capital funds to be allocated toward revamping Giglio Plaza and approximately one mile of Elmont Road and Dutch Broadway.
“I am pleased to announce the county will be helping to improve the quality of life for Elmont residents through this streetscape project,” said Suozzi. “The county has been working with Elmont residents in developing a visioning plan and this project is in line with the desires of the community. It will improve aesthetics and make more pedestrian-friendly some of the most commonly used roadways in Elmont.”
The project includes streetscape improvements to the following areas:
• Elmont Road from Linden Boulevard to Dutch Broadway;
• Dutch Broadway from Tuxedo Drive to Edwards Boulevard;
• Police Officer Matthew Giglio Plaza, located at the corner of Dutch Broadway and Corona Avenue.
The funds will be used toward new concrete sidewalks where sidewalks currently exist with a two-foot strip of decorative brick pavers along the curbline. In addition, the county will be installing new decorative street lights, and new trees along the curbline, as well as new trash receptacles. Benches will also be placed throughout the two street locations.
Police Officer Matthew Giglio Plaza is a triangular park on the border of Elmont and Franklin Square, just north of Southern State Parkway. The plaza will be enhanced with new plantings and decorative brick-paver walkways, a textured sidewalk, brick pavement, streetlights, benches, trash receptacles and tree plantings.
Also supporting the project is Legislator John Ciotti, who represents Elmont in the Nassau County Legislature. “I am so proud to have been a part of the Elmont revitalization project since its inception, and I’ve worked very diligently to secure the funding for this project,” he said. “The input from the community has been unprecedented and I thank all of our local leaders for helping me to ensure that this project is completed to meet the needs of all Elmont residents. This is a very exciting time for Elmont.”
REET Construction Corporation, which will be doing the work, is an MWBE-certified, minority-owned business, located at 6 Joel Place in Port Washington. The contractor will begin work at one of the Elmont Road or Dutch Broadway locations and complete all work at the first location before beginning the second, ensuring the lowest amount of disruption during the construction process.
According to Ciotti, the project should be completed by July 4, 2010.