MILLWOOD, N.Y. -- The town of New Castle will be getting a $500,000 state grant to pay for building out sidewalks in downtown Millwood, officials announced.
The state Department of Transportation (DOT) told the town that the sidewalks project has been nominated for what is called a "multi-modal grant," an announcement states.
The scope of the project, officials announced, includes extending sidewalks along the intersection of Station Road and Route 100 - the sidewalks with be compliant with the Americans With Disabilities Act - adding a crosswalk from Route 100 to Millwood Park, and decorative lighting belong both streets.
The town has already committed $1,185,567 of its own funds for the work, an announcement states.
"This is exactly what New York should be investing in, infrastructure improvements which improve safety and enhance our local businesses," said State Senator Terrence Murphy, whose district includes New Castle. "When Supervisor Greenstein contacted me about this project I was more than happy to assist in securing the necessary funds to finally address the needs of Millwood."
"We thank Senator Murphy for helping us secure this $500,000 grant to enhance the Hamlet of Millwood," New Castle Supervisor Rob Greenstein said in an accompanying statement. "Over the past year we have worked with Senator Murphy's office to secure these funds. The timing is perfect as we are currently studying enhancing commercial development in Millwood. Increasing pedestrian improvements will certainly support economic development and enhance community vitality and the overall quality of life."
Michael Stern, who is with the town's Millwood-West End Advisory Board, offered his own praise in an accompanying statement.
"On behalf of the entire membership of the Millwood-West End Advisory Board, we want to thank Supervisor Greenstein and Senator Murphy for making this proposal a reality," said Stern. "It is rewarding to see our vision for the Millwood Business District improvements are progressing. This grant will help put Millwood on track to become a safe and attractive business district for the town of New Castle."
The next steps for the project, Greenstein told Daily Voice, include updating an existing survey for the work area, preparing bid documents and a construction drawing, and obtaining environmental permits and a permit from the DOT.
As of now, Greenstein believes that the town could go out to bid next May and for construction to take place next summer; the timeline could be changed, he added.