HAUPPAUGE, N.Y. – Deputy Presiding Officer Rob Calarco has secured $68,000 for downtown revitalization projects in Patchogue and Medford. On Tuesday, October 3rd the Suffolk County Legislature voted unanimously to approve Phase XV of the Suffolk County Downtown Revitalization Program. The $600,000 in funding will be used to support projects in downtown areas across Suffolk County. $58,000 will be used to build a new walkway in Patchogue to connect Main Street with Terry Street. In Medford, $10,000 will be used to support the second phase of the new pavilion at Medford Memorial Park.
Applications were reviewed by the Downtown Citizens Advisory Panel and ranked based on a scoring system, which includes points for leveraging of additional funds, economic impact, the reasonable expectation of completion, and the projects proximity to the downtown. The applications were submitted by The Greater Patchogue Chamber of Commerce and The Medford Taxpayers and Civic Association.
The walkway project in Patchogue will connect the Roe Walkway, off of Main Street, with Art Space on Terry Street. The walk way will extend through the Terry Street parking lot and will increase pedestrian safety in the increasingly busy downtown Patchogue area. Art Space has been at the heart of the expanding arts community in Patchogue and it has made Terry Street a top destination for residents and visitors to Patchogue Village.
“This money will improve pedestrian safety and increase access to Terry Street, which has become the center of the vibrant arts community in Patchogue,” said Calarco.
“Once again, Legislator Calarco has come through for Patchogue,” said David Kennedy, Executive Director of the Greater Patchogue Chamber of Commerce. “The funds for this new walkway will be vital to connecting our bustling Main Street with our growing Arts District on Terry Street that is centered around the Art Space complex. We are very grateful to Legislator Calarco for his efforts in making this happen.”
Medford Memorial Park has become the center of the Medford community in recent years. The park is the home of many popular community events like the Medford Concert Series, which Calarco has sponsored for the last six years, and the Medford Christmas Tree Lighting. The new pavilion will save money on future concert series events and will allow more community events to be held in the park. Calarco secured over $8,000 during Phase XIV of the Suffolk County Downtown Revitalization Program to begin the construction process. The additional $10,000 will help to complete the project.
“From concerts to parades to holiday events, I am very proud to say that we have made Medford Memorial Park into the center of the Medford community,” said Calarco. “The new pavilion will provide another great resource for our community.”
“The Medford community appreciates the support of Legislator Calarco's office,” said Nerina Sperl, Treasurer of the Medford Taxpayers and Civic Association. “These grants will be used to build a bandstand which will greatly enhance the park.”