Southold Historical Museum, Friends of Mitchell Park among county grant recipients


Three North Fork projects have received Suffolk County Town Center Revitalization grants, according to County Executive Steve Bellone, who said a total of $500,000 would be split among 15 organizations.

The county had received 24 applications for funding.

“As we move forward with our economic development agenda, we will continue to make quality investments to create strong and vibrant town centers that make Suffolk County the perfect place to live, work and play,” said Mr. Bellone in a press release.

The three North Fork recipients are:

• The Southold Historical Museum received $37,500 to replace the sidewalk and retaining wall along State Route 25 in front of the Southold Historical Museum’s Maple Lane complex.

The retaining wall is located in front of Thomas Moore’s house, which is across from the Southold Fire Department.

“The wall is leaning toward Route 25 and it needs to be replaced, as does the sidewalk in front,” said Deanna Witte-Walker, the museum’s executive director.

The Thomas Moore House is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

• Friends of Mitchell Park received $29,899 to upgrade public washrooms at Mitchell Park in the Village of Greenport.

• Riverhead Business Improvement District Management Association received $16,737 to install light sculptures along the driveway shaft connecting East Main Street and the City-owned parking lot (on Peconic Riverfront).

The town is currently developing a public square opposite the Suffolk Theatre.

Since 1997, Suffolk County has awarded more than $12 million in funds for downtown revitalization initiatives. Among the various projects eligible for grants are the construction of curbs and sidewalks, pedestrian walkways, street lighting, public restrooms, accessibility for people with disabilities, and the renovation of existing structures and recreational facilities.

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Patrick F. Williams