For the 38th year, the Village of New Hyde Park submitted their Community Development Block Grant to the Nassau County Office of Housing and Intergovernmental Affairs.
The total grant amounted requested was $275,000 and it will go towards finishing Operation: Downtown.
“What we’re hoping to happen this year is that at some point over the next three, four months you will see the project on Jericho Turnpike that was begun seven or eight years ago finally come to a conclusion,” Trustee Donald Barbieri said during a meeting of the village board on Monday night at the village hall.
A main goal of Operation: Downtown is to continue to make the village more aesthetically pleasing. Barbieri noted new brick paving, furniture and plants are among the new embellishments that will soon find a home on Jericho Turnpike.
“We would help commercial enterprises along the turnpike to do things like facade improvement, new signage, trying to make the area more appealing and hopefully more pedestrian friendly, a more aesthetically pleasing area for the community to go out and utilize the shop.”
The $275,000 grant money is divided into three parts: $150,000 will go towards commercial rehab, $25,000 will be used for residential rehab and $100,000 will be used for what Mayor Daniel Petruccio calls “PF and I” or Public Facilities and Improvements.
“We’re so close right now. It’s been a never ending project,” Barbieri stated. “We’re almost at the finish line and we’re very excited.”