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Southampton Town Awarded $1.1 Million in NYS Economic Development Grants
Thursday, December 10, NYS Governor Andrew Cuomo announced the 2015 recipients of the New York State Economic Development Grants. Among them was the Town of Southampton which was awarded three grants totaling nearly $1.1 million.
The Town was awarded $330,192 from the NYS Office of Parks Recreation and Historic Preservation toward the Good Ground Park Gateway Project which will establish a pedestrian and bicycle friendly access to link Good Ground Park to the Hampton Bays Main Street Business District. The NYS Office of Empire State Development awarded an additional $70,000 in support of the same project. These awards make a total of $1.6 million in grant funding the Town has successfully secured for the Good Ground Park Project.
“These additional funds,” commented Supervisor Throne-Holst, “will create a strong visual and functional link between Good Ground Park and downtown Hampton Bays.”
In addition, the Town was awarded $650,000 toward the creation of a Permeable Reactive Barrier (PRB). The grant award, filed in collaboration with Cornell University Cooperative Extension, will fund construction of a 200 to 400 foot PRB at Iron Point Park in Flanders. The barrier will intercept and treat nitrogen impaired ground water prior to its entering the surface waters of the Peconic estuaries adding protection from nitrogen contamination of the estuary.
The Economic Development Grant Program is an annual competitive grant process funded by New York State. “The success of the Town in these competitive grants” added Supervisor Throne-Holst, “speaks highly of both the competence of our staff in completing these often complex application documents but also to the high quality of the project ideas generated by them. My sincere compliments and congratulations to all involved.”
For More Information Contact: Francis Zappone, Deputy Supervisor 631-283-6055