Poughkeepsie… Dutchess County Executive William R. Steinhaus announced the 2005 Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) awards totaling $1,830,179 for a range of local projects across Dutchess County.
“I am pleased to support the needs of many of our localities through our community development program,” said County Executive Steinhaus. “Many of the grants I have made are large and are being used to provide significant infrastructure improvements. Some of our smaller towns would find it cost prohibitive to undertake these projects without this county program.”
Many municipalities throughout the County will benefit. The Town of Hyde Park will receive $120,000 for a parking lot improvement project at the site of the existing train station along the rivers edge. The Town of North East will undertake water district improvements with its $150,000 grant. Both the Towns of Pine Plains and Poughkeepsie will do sidewalk repairs; on South Main in Pine Plains for $100,000 and on College Avenue in Poughkeepsie for $150,000. The Poughkeepsie project is part of an ongoing effort to revitalize the Arlington Business District in the area of Raymond Avenue. The Town of Red Hook will receive $120,000 to fund the engineering work for a residential street linking Route 9 and Route 199. The Town of Stanford will use its $50,000 to complete ongoing infrastructure improvements.
The Village of Fishkill will target road and infrastructure rehabilitation throughout the village with its $150,000 grant. The Village of Millbrook sponsored a $25,000 grant for the Church Alliance to continue development to create additional housing for senior citizens. The Village of Millerton will undertake remediation with $149,635 for a parcel of land on South Center Street to create parking for visitors to the Harlem Valley Rail Trail. The Village of Pawling received $100,000 for handicapped improvements at the Village Hall. The Village of Red Hook will also undertake sidewalk and infrastructure improvements with its $120,000 grant.
The City of Beacon received an allocation of $219,621 under a formula for Beacon as an urban center. The majority of these funds will be used for infrastructure improvements. Lastly, a $20,000 grant to Rebuilding Together with Christmas in April will be targeted to that program for home rehabilitation.
The CDBG funding is administered by the Dutchess County Development of Planning and Development through federal funds the county secures from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development and provides grant funds to municipalities to benefit low-to-moderate income residents of Dutchess County.
For more information contact Elizabeth Doyle, Community Development Administrator Dutchess County Department of Planning and Development (845) 486-3600.