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County Awards $334,000 to Municipalities for Sidewalk Accessibility Improvements through Community Development Block Grant Program
Awards part of County’s $1.5 million in total CDBG and HOME awards in 2019

Published: 3/20/2019

For More Information Contact:

Colleen Pillus: (845) 486-2000, cpillus@dutchessny.gov

Poughkeepsie, NY … Dutchess County Executive Marcus J. Molinaro has announced the first round of grant awards totaling $334,599 to be awarded through Dutchess County’s 2019 Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) Program. This first round of project awards will improve accessibility with sidewalk enhancements throughout Dutchess County. These municipal awards are part of almost $1.5 million in funding awarded in 2019 through the CDBG and HOME Investment Partnership programs to improve accessibility, expand affordable housing options and address critical public service needs. Additional awards will be announced over the next several weeks.

County Executive Molinaro said, “In our cities, villages and hamlets, sidewalks connect residents to their neighbors, parks and the local businesses that define our communities. We are investing in those connections by making our communities accessible to every resident of every ability – and that is the heart of our Community Development program. These CBDG funds will enhance the quality of life for countless residents, and Dutchess County is proud to partner with our local communities to improve accessibility, make new connections and further define our sense of place and the character of our county.”

CDBG Municipal Sidewalk Projects, total funding: $334,599

Town of Amenia – 
Downtown ADA Improvements - $71,000
Replacement of 120 linear feet of deteriorated sidewalks along Route 343 east of the intersection of Routes 22, 44 and 343. Project area is near the post office and other downtown businesses.

Village of Millerton – 
Main Street Sidewalk Replacement - $150,000
Replacement of 1,000 linear feet of deteriorated sidewalks on the south side of Main Street, east of the entrance to the Harlem Valley Rail Trail.

Village and Town of Pawling – 
West Main Street Sidewalk Improvements, Phase 2 - $73,599
Renovation of existing patchwork of sidewalks along West Main Street between Dutcher Avenue and Lakeside Drive to improve accessibility between the village and Murrow Park.  

Village of Tivoli - 
ADA Crosswalks - $40,000
Installation of three ADA compliant crosswalks to improve pedestrian access in the following locations: North Road and Pine Street, Broadway and Pine Street, and Broadway and Clay Hill Road.

County Legislature Chairman Gregg Pulver said, “Dutchess County has long supported accessibility enhancements through the Community Development Block Grant program, and these projects each fulfill that goal. My legislative colleagues and I will continue our support of the CDBG program to ensure communities throughout our county become more accessible to all residents.”

Additional awards to improve handicapped accessibility at local parks, affordable housing projects, as well as various public service projects, will be announced in the coming weeks as part of the CDBG and HOME Investment Partnership programs.

CDBG Municipal applications are accepted annually by the Department of Planning and Development and are reviewed by the Community Development Advisory Committee, with recommendations forwarded to the County Executive for final approval. Applications for 2020 CDBG funds will be released in August 2019.