Friday, 11 September 2009 00:00
Elected officials who represent the Elmont area joined with a representative for Governor David Paterson to announce a $2.4 million grant to revitalize a portion of Hempstead Turnpike in Elmont.
The $2.412 million Restore New York III grant is being issued through the New York Empire State Development Corporation. The funds will be utilized to beautify storefronts and walkways along Hempstead Turnpike, across from Belmont Racetrack.
The beautification work will focus on two component areas, walkways and storefronts. Streetscape/walkway work ordinarily includes brick paved walkways, Victorian street lighting, decorative benches, new trees and plantings, stylized trash receptacles and informative directory kiosks. Refurbished storefront work in other areas has traditionally featured brick and/or stucco facades, coordinated signage for all stores in the project area, accent lighting and architectural design elements, along with other features. The commercial strip covers the south side of the turnpike between Holland Avenue and Savoy Avenue.
In making the announcement of the funding, Governor Paterson representative Mike Harrison joined with Assemblyman Tom Alfano, Nassau County Legislator John Ciotti, Hempstead Town Supervisor Kate Murray, Town Councilman Ed Ambrosino, Community Coalition Council President Joyce Stow, Elmont Coalition for Sustainable Development chair Sandra Smith and vice-chair Pat Nicolosi as well Town Clerk Mark Bonilla and Town Receiver of Taxes Donald Clavin gathered in front of Banner Signs on Hempstead Turnpike.
“This is great news for Elmont,” said Assemblyman Alfano. “This is only step one in the process. We need to move Belmont forward and bring good paying jobs to our community. This program is going to help transform the community into a destination place for Belmont, commerce and the greater community. Most importantly, these programs will help us do what we need to do now more than ever – create jobs and cut our property taxes.“
Senator Dean Skelos noted, “In round one, Tom Alfano and I were able to bring Elmont $2.5 million dollars for the Argo Theatre project and now we’re moving forward again with this streetscape initiative. Our focus is to help create jobs and set the stage for an even better Elmont and Belmont Racetrack.”
According to the Town of Hempstead, the town applied for the Restore New York Community Initiative funding in May of 2009 and has already begun design work for a portion of the project.
“Downtown Elmont has some great business owners, and its proximity to Belmont Racetrack, major parkways, public transportation and New York City offer almost unlimited potential,” stated Supervisor Murray. “I am excited about the future of downtown Elmont and we are starting to see the fruits of our labors.”
“The streetscape work that the town and state are pursuing on Hempstead Turnpike will go hand-in-hand with the county’s streetscape beautification project along Elmont Road and Dutch Broadway” said Legislator Ciotti.