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Makeover Help for Some Storefronts on Main St.

Sign and awning grant for eligible businesses in Port Washington.

Main Street businesses between Port Washington Blvd. and Mackey Ave. in need of a storefront makeover are in luck. These businesses qualify for a sign and awning grant of up to $2,500.

The program is spearheaded by North Hempstead Councilwoman Dina De Giorgio and the Community Development Agency.

The goal is to increase business and create a more pleasant, walkable Main Street.

Asked why businesses on certain streets qualify, De Giorgio said the program was “part of a community block grant,” which was based on 2010 Census results, and that there may be opportunities from other funding sources for those businesses that don’t meet the specifics for this particular grant.

To apply for the grant, the merchant or owner of a property, or both, must complete and submit a program application to the Town of North Hempstead Community Development Agency. Once all requirements are met, the CDA then provides a reimbursement check to eligible businesses of up to $2,500, or the cost of the sign or awning, whichever is less.

The application is available on the Portal 2 Port website. Contact Mr. Joseph Santamaria at (516) 869-7810 or santamariaj@northhempsteadny.gov with questions on the program.

Local Resident March 04, 2013 at 10:18 PM
"a more walkable Main Street"..."a more walkable Main Street"..."a more walkable Main Street"...blah, blah, blah. Because everyone knows that new awnings lead to increased business and "a more walkable Main Street".
bthebest March 05, 2013 at 12:46 AM
It seems to be the way this entire country is leaning: We'll give you the money (for an awning) you just have to buy the one WE (the gov't) are selling! Talk about control...
Donna Rice March 05, 2013 at 01:14 AM
If you would like a more walkable Main Street why not get rid of the "lakes" on the corners near the handicapped ramps. That is such a disgrace. The Town spends money on decorative walkways and not drainage where the rain and snowmelt leave entire bodies of water on many corners. But I guess you are right the "pretty" new awnings should make people come out in droves.
Jason March 05, 2013 at 02:31 AM
Mrs. Rice Does your husband no Dina "IS RUNNING FOR SUPERVISOR" Tell him Thanks for nothing.
Local Resident March 05, 2013 at 02:05 PM
If Ms. De Giorgio does indeed run for Town Supervisor, I wonder how many votes that directly affect Port Washington she intends to abstain from.

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