Westhampton Beach Village has been awarded a $75,000 Suffolk County Downtown Revitalization Grant to install curb extensions and drainage on Main Street.
Nine projects, including Westhampton Beach’s, have been awarded “Round 13” Downtown Revitalization Grants.
“These grants will help local organizations and municipalities improve their downtown areas and make them safer and more welcoming to residents and visitors alike,” Suffolk County Executive Steve Bellone said. “Making downtowns more walkable will improve the area and boost local businesses.”
A pool of $500,000 will be distributed to projects across Suffolk County for partial funding of capital projects located in or adjacent to downtown areas on municipally owned property. The Greater Westhampton Chamber of Commerce partnered with the Village of Westhampton Beach
The Westhampton Village project will install curb extensions and drainage at intersections on Main Street at Sunset Avenue and Mill Road, and two mid-block crossings to increase pedestrian safety on Main Street between Sunset Avenue and Glovers Lane, and Glovers Lane and Mill Road.
Funds were awarded to organizations that represent a downtown area and who partner with their local municipality. Organizations that represent downtown areas including business improvement districts, chambers of commerce, civic associations, historical societies, beautification societies, and local development corporations are eligible applicants. Towns or villages that partner with a community organization are required to pass resolutions supporting the project on which the two entities partner. Projects must be capital in nature and have a significant and sustainable impact that enhances economic activity.
The Downtown Revitalization Citizens Advisory Panel utilized a point system to evaluate each application to ensure projects that receive funding would make the greatest contribution to the long-term improvement of local downtown business districts and have a positive economic impact on Suffolk County as a whole.