Orange County Executive Steven M. Neuhaus has announced that ten municipalities and one developer have been approved to receive more than $2 million through the 2023 Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) and HOME Investment Partnerships Program funded by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development. These awards will enable communities to address local needs by pursuing a variety of infrastructure, ADA accessibility and community development projects.
“The County continues to partner with municipalities to ensure that they can access the most effective resources, including federal grant programs,” Neuhaus said. “Through our Office of Community Development, we develop these meaningful partnerships and pursue high-impact projects that will better the lives of Orange County residents. These grants will help communities throughout the County improve their senior centers, sidewalks, sewer systems, drainage, and roads.”
Added Director of Community Development Nicole Andersen: “The County Executive, members of the CDBG and HOME Advisory Committees and the team at the Office of Community Development work hard to efficiently steward these federal dollars in support of projects that have a great impact in our municipalities. From development of new affordable homes for seniors, increased access to services and social activities for seniors to infrastructure upgrades and accessibility to our downtowns, these awards will help improve the quality of life for County residents.”
The Town of Crawford is set to receive $195,000 for a walking trail and recreational area.
“We worked hard to get this funding and project approved,” stated Crawford Town Supervisor Charles E. Carnes.
The CDBG COVID-19 funds would create a new walking trail and senior exercise center.
“The new trail will provide a walking and exercise area for seniors as well as residents and connect the uptown area with the business area of Boniface Drive for walking and biking,” said Carnes.
This isn’t the first time the Town of Crawford has considered a new trail. Back in July of this year, the town received a $2.7 million grant from the New York State Department of Transportation for a pedestrian safety project. Their goal was to create a paved walking trail along North Street that would connect to the town park.
The Village of Maybrook was awarded $185,000 for Sanitary Sewer improvements.
Mayor Dennis Leahy said the village intends to utilize the Community Development Block Grant to rehabilitate existing sanitary sewers using trenchless technology to line the sewers. The purpose of this rehabilitation is to reduce extraneous infiltration of groundwater into the sanitary sewer collection system and address minor structural defects.
“The Village has been strategically rehabilitating portions of the sanitary sewer infrastructure system each year with the goal of managing flows to the Village’s wastewater treatment plant and increase capacity for future economic development,” Leahy explained. “This grant will allow the Village to further advance those efforts and the Village Board of Trustees are very grateful for this award made by County Executive Neuhaus.”
The Village of Montgomery was awarded $185,000 to build a 20 x 40 foot addition to the north end of the Montgomery Senior Center
The Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) program enables local governments to undertake a variety of projects intended to create viable urban communities by providing decent housing, suitable living environments, and economic opportunities principally for people with low to moderate income. CDBG and HOME funds are allocated annually to Orange County through the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) and administered by the Orange County Office of Community Development. The Pallotti Village project as well as additional projects previously approved by the Orange County Legislature will be submitted to HUD as part of the County’s 2023 Housing and Community Development Annual Action Plan.