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County Awards $160,000 for Park and Sewer Enhancements through Community Development Block Grant Program
Awards part of County’s $1.5 million in total CDBG and HOME awards in 2019

Published: 4/1/2019

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Colleen Pillus, (845) 486-2000

Poughkeepsie, NY … Dutchess County Executive Marcus J. Molinaro has announced grant awards totaling $160,000 to be awarded to the City of Beacon through Dutchess County’s 2019 Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) Program. This round of project awards will improve infrastructure in the city for low- and moderate-income neighborhoods.

Dutchess County has awarded a $60,000 CDBG grant for improvements at Green Street Park, including replacement of existing play structures and safety surface in Green Street Park located in a low- and moderate-income neighborhood. The city will receive a $100,000 CDBG grant to install a new “slip” lining in a deteriorated clay and corrugated metal sewer pipe on Wilkes Street; the sewer line serves a low- and moderate-income neighborhood.

County Executive Molinaro said, “We are bridge builders, partnering with local leaders, leveraging resources with a focus: improve the overall quality of life and character of our communities. This Community Development award will allow Beacon to enhance accessibility at one of its parks, and expand sanitary sewer piping to benefit students in Beacon High School and Rombout Middle School. Our county is dedicated to serving every resident of every ability and all means. I’m proud these Community Development Block Grants will support projects that will benefit those who need them most.”

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.

City of Beacon Mayor Randy Casale said, “We thank Dutchess County for these CDBG awards, which will greatly impact City residents through the infrastructure improvements. We look forward to future collaborations that will benefit our community, and our county as a whole.”

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.