Freeport Mayor Robert T. Kennedy and Nassau County Executive Edward Mangano held a ground-breaking on North Main Street Wednesday, heralding a $7.5 million project to revitalize the area.
“This venture required two years of planning and development including design, specifications, review and awarding of contracts,” Kennedy said. “Today we are beginning a long awaited and needed development.”
The first phase of the project will include 31 new light poles each on the west and east side of North Main Street; the replacement of 32 decorative arms that contain a Village of Freeport sign and LED lighting fixtures on the east side of the street.
Thirty-nine new benches will be installed along with 29 decorative trash receptacles. Seventy trees will be planted with ornamental bases. And there will be curb extensions at 10 corners in the area to create a safer crossing for pedestrians.
“A major improvement project such as this one . . . will help bolster the local economy in a downtown that continues to serve as a model for revitalization and growth in Nassau County,” Mangano said. “Downtown businesses tend to be locally owned and a thriving downtown can provide a tremendous boost to the local economy.”
Next spring Nassau County Department of Public Works is expected to begin the second phase of the project, including the curb extensions and improved traffic signals.
Kennedy said that with $1.5 million already spent on paving North Main Street, the county has committed to $4.6 million, which includes federal money.
After the news conference on the west side of North Main Street, between Davis Street and Prince Avenue, Mangano and Kennedy donned hard hats, gloves and shovels and began digging around a newly installed light post, first by themselves and then were joined by village trustees.