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Hempstead Town to get $3.4M development grant

Hempstead Town Hall is at 1 Washington St.

Hempstead Town Hall is at 1 Washington St. in Hempstead Village. (Nov. 28, 2011) (Credit: J.C. Cherubini, 2011)

Nassau County Executive Edward Mangano announced Tuesday that the Town of Hempstead will receive nearly $3.4 million in Community Development Block Grant funds for townwide residential and downtown improvement projects as well as development and jobs program.

Nassau gets a direct allocation of such funds from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development. About 80 percent of the funds are distributed to participating local municipalities for revitalization projects, infrastructure improvements, public service initiatives, parks and playground enhancements, code enforcement and providing access to the disabled.

“These projects are a great example of federal, county and local governments working together to improve our community [and] help strengthen our neighborhoods and improve our local economy,” Mangano said in a statement.

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The highest funding priority must be given to activities benefiting those with low and moderate incomes and to eliminating or preventing slums and blight.

“From completing downtown beautification projects to building affordable homes, these community enhancement grants will help make our downtowns more economically vibrant and local neighborhoods more desirable,” Hempstead Town Supervisor Kate Murray said in a statement.

The Community Development Block Grant funds include:

*$570,000 for residential rehabilitation to low- and moderate-income homeowners to eliminate code violations and make needed improvements;

*$550,000 for costs involved in running the residential rehabilitation program;

*$542,000 for administration related to the planning and execution of community development activities;

*$500,000 for revitalization of Nassau Road and infrastructure improvements relating to affordable housing development in Roosevelt;

*$267,286 for public facilities and improvements in eligible low/moderate areas throughout the Town of Hempstead;

*$250,000 to Elmont for revitalization of parcels in the vicinity of Hempstead Turnpike;

*$223,000 for townwide commercial rehabilitation, including improvements to building facades in several central business districts;

*$200,000 for costs to run the commercial rehabilitation program;

*$100,000 for improvements along Uniondale Avenue from Front Street to Jerusalem Avenue, Nassau Road and Hempstead Turnpike in Uniondale;

*$100,000 for staff support for intake of the town’s Small Business Economic Development Revolving Loan Fund and implementation of the Excelsior Jobs Program;

*$25,000 for acquisition costs relating to projects at Community Corners in Elmont; $10,000 for demolition costs related to Community Corners along Hempstead Turnpike; and $15,000 to Elmont for relocation costs and $25,000 for disposition costs related to Community Corners.

*$10,000 for revitalization of parcels in the vicinity of Merrick Road and Grand Avenue in Baldwin.

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