For Immediate Release
September 8, 2009
Supervisor Gromack and Town Board Hold
New City Revitalization Ground Breaking
(New City, NY)
– Clarkstown Supervisor Alex Gromack and Council members John Maloney, Shirley
Lasker, Frank Borelli, and George Hoehmann were pleased to commence the New
City Revitalization Ground Breaking Ceremony today. The revitalization of downtown New City is an
extensive construction project in which residents, local businesses, civic
groups and the Town worked together over many years to create a vision to make
New City special.
“This is the
beginning of a long anticipated project awaited by residents and businesses
excited about the realization of a beautiful downtown center,” said Supervisor
Gromack. “As the town and county
government seat, and the largest of Clarkstown’s
hamlets, New City is at the heart of not only Clarkstown but Rockland County
and the Town Board and I are excited about the future of New City.”
The Town Board
awarded the bid for the project to Tilcon at the
August 4th Town Board meeting.
The New City project area encompasses the entire Main Street corridor
from Congers Road south to the end of Main Street and Congers Road from State
Route 304 to Main Street.
coordinated by Clarkstown’s Public Works
Administrator Ed Lettre, included an advisory
committee of residents, town officials, Behan Planning Associates and Maser
Consulting. There were also a number of
open ‘vision planning’ meetings for residents to participate in. The Town will be working with residents and
businesses to provide construction information throughout the project.
To fund part
of the project Supervisor Gromack and the Town Board secured several state and
federal grants. Clarkstown received a $2
million grant from Senator Tom Morahan, $294,000
grant from Congresswoman Nita Lowey, $474,000 from Senator Chuck Schumer, and a
$751,000 grant through the American Recovery Act for energy efficiency lighting
in downtown New City.
leadership of Supervisor Gromack, the Town of Clarkstown embarked on several
‘downtown revitalization’ projects to encourage pedestrian activity and
investment in local businesses.
Clarkstown completed downtown revitalization projects in Congers (2004),
Nanuet (joint project with the Town and County in 2007) and Valley Cottage (2008). In addition to New City, Clarkstown also
plans to commence revitalization projects in West Nyack and Central Nyack.
Each of the
revitalization projects includes the installation of new sidewalks, antique
lighting, ornate benches, community gathering spots
and pocket parks, fixed roadways, improved flow of traffic, drainage and
expanded architectural design.
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