Orange County awards more than $1 million in community development grants

Goshen. Town of Woodbury is among nine municipalities to receive funding to upgrade infrastructure and ADA accessibility improvements.

| 25 Nov 2020 | 01:49

    Nine municipalities in Orange County will share in more than $1 million through the 2021 Community Development Block Grant.

    These awards will enable communities to address local needs by pursuing a variety of infrastructure and ADA accessibility improvements along with projects benefitting seniors.

    “The county continues to partner with municipalities to ensure they can access federal grant programs,” Orange County Executive Steven M. Neuhaus said. “Through our Office of Community Development, we pursue meaningful projects to better the lives of Orange County residents. Today’s Community Development Block Grants will help committed local leaders across the county improve roads, drainage and water systems, and ensure access to public facilities for everyone. With local budgets challenged by COVID-19, these funds will have an even greater impact.”

    Added Community Development Director Nicole Andersen: “From infrastructure upgrades to accessibility, these awards will help communities prepare for the future by building a strong foundation for residents and businesses.”

    The Community Development Block Grant program enables local governments to undertake a variety of projects intended to create suitable living environments and generate economic opportunities principally for people with low to moderate income. The funds are allocated annually to Orange County through the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development and administered by the Orange County Office of Community Development.

    2021 Orange County Community Development Block Grants
    Town of Blooming Grove: ADA Compliant Senior Center Construction - $340,000
    Town of Cornwall: ADA Sidewalk Improvements - $125,000
    Town of Deerpark: Old Cahoonzie Road Paving - $125,000
    Village of Highland Falls: Senior Center Improvements - $125,000
    Village of Otisville: Route 211 Watermain Replacement - $125,000
    Village of South Blooming Grove: Prospect Road Drainage Improvements - $100,000. The funding be used to make improvements to aging and deteriorated stormwater infrastructure along Merriewold/Lake Shore Drives. The work will consist of replacing 14 existing culverts with 12” HDPE culvert piping, replacing 18 existing culverts with 15” HDPE culvert piping, swale redevelopment of approximately 2,750 feet of roadside drainage swales and replacing/rebuilding approximately three structurally deficient storm water structures.
    Town of Wallkill: Greenway Terrace Drainage and Pavement Improvements - $125,000
    Town of Warwick: Winslow Therapeutic Riding Center - Adult Day Program - $25,000
    Town of Woodbury: $125,000. The funding will be used for accessibility improvements at the Town Library and Senior Citizens Center. Improvements will include new ADA doors and accessible parking.