Grants Fund Downtown Improvements

TOWN OF HUNTINGTON, New York, November 20

BY: Andrew Wroblewski

Children studying; moms and dads checking out books; grandmas and grandpas working behind the counter – whomever it may be, libraries can be a haven for just about every member of the family.

So why shouldn’t the walk into them be safe and easy on the eyes?

On Nov. 6 Town of Huntington board members unanimously voted to tap the town’s Environmental Open Space and Park Improvement fund as an addition to Suffolk County grant funding for efforts to improve the sidewalks and crosswalks outside of the Harborfields and Northport-East Northport public libraries.

At Harborfields Public Library – located on Broadway-Greenlawn Rd. between Wychoff St. and Lawrence St. – grants will fund aesthetic improvements and upgrades to make the downtown more walkable.

Between Wychoff and Lawrence, the Greenlawn Civic Association plans new conduits, electric cables, decorative street lights, concrete sidewalks, and concrete driveway aprons and brick pavers. The project has received a $5,000 grant from the Town of Huntington and is due to get a $35,000 Downtown Revitalization Program grant from Suffolk County.

The Suffolk County program provides grants to downtowns and business districts for improvements.

The grant was also awarded to the East Northport Chamber of Commerce, which will fund exterior improvements outside the Northport-East Northport Public Library’s East Northport branch. Matching $25,000 grants from both the Town of Huntington and Suffolk County will be used to install two pedestrian-activated, flashing lights, along with other associated improvements, outside of the library building on Larkfield Road.

This stretch of road, Sharon Moulton, executive director of the chamber, said in an interview earlier this year, has been the site of several vehicle and pedestrian accidents. The improvements, she said, will help ensure that drivers slow down and are more aware of pedestrians.

Originally published: Long Islander News: The Long Islander
(Thursday, November 20, 2014; A6)

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