Nassau County Executive Edward P. Mangano has announced that the Nassau County Office of Community Development has awarded the Village of New Hyde Park $100,000 in Community Development Block Grant funds for improvements to the downtown shopping area and local homes.
The Community Development Block Grant Program is a Federal entitlement program with a primary objective of developing viable urban communities through sensible housing and suitable living initiatives. The program also seeks to expand economic opportunities, principally for individuals of low and moderate income.
The entire $100,000 will be used for new and improved public facilities and infrastructure improvements for very low, low, and moderate income households in downtown New Hyde Park.
“These Federal funds allow my administration to partner with Village Mayor Robert Lofaro to beautify and revitalize the downtown area with various exterior improvements such as lighting and uniform signs on Jericho Turnpike between Millers Lane and Hillside Boulevard,” County Executive Mangano said in a statement. “Federal funds have also been allocated to help the village provide loans and/or grants to low and moderate income homeowners. The homeowners are then afforded the opportunity to have a licensed contractor eliminate code violations and to make other needed improvements to their home.”
The village had been accumulating the funds for several years in order to spend it at once as part of the revitalization of the downtown area of Jericho Turnpike known as Operation: Mainstreet.
The project has been pushed back several times – mostly due to the repaving of Jericho Turnpike by the state – and was predicted by Barbieri to begin during the late summer months and then early to mid-September.
Bohemia-based J. Anthony was awarded the bid for the beautification project with a bid of $1,469,374.
Village of New Hyde Park Mayor Robert Lofaro added that “this program will enable the Village to complete the revitalization of our main shopping district while creating a safer environment which will incorporate several traffic calming elements and create a more pedestrian friendly and aesthetically pleasing Jericho Turnpike.”