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Katz earmarks $1.1M to beautification work

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Posted: Thursday, June 12, 2014 10:30 am

Six Queens neighborhoods will collectively receive more than $1.1 million allocated by Borough President Melinda Katz for streetscape improvements, her office announced Monday.

The upgrades are designed to enhance commercial shopping districts to promote business development and investment in the areas, as well as encourage shoppers to patronize local establishments. Katz noted that it is widely recognized that attractive commercial districts add to the development of healthy neighborhoods.

“The commercial corridors found in the diverse neighborhoods throughout Queens are key assets and economic engines for our borough,” Katz said in announcing the disbursements. “The funds I am allocating to enhance these commercial corridors will help them maximize their potential as retail centers and civic gathering places. These capital improvements will help our borough’s small businesses create jobs and offer quality goods and services for many years to come.”

Downtown Jamaica will get $229,000 to add pedestrian arms, the extensions on light poles that illuminate sidewalks, on Jamaica Avenue and Union Hall Street.

Sunnyside will receive $56,950 to add 27 new street trees on Queens Boulevard and Greenpoint Avenue.

St. Albans will see $100,000 for trees and plantings at 99th Avenue and Farmers Boulevard, and more greenery at Murdock Avenue and Farmers.

Astoria will get $200,000 for green space around the Steinway Clock and at a municipal lot, both on Steinway Street.

Woodhaven will receive $250,000 for the installation of energy-efficient lighting under the elevated subway line along Jamaica Avenue, and another $75,000 for trees and plantings at the corner of Jamaica Avenue and Woodhaven Boulevard.

Rockaway Beach will see $200,000 for improvements including fencing and directional guides, along Beach 116th Street.

In each area, a partner organization such as a business improvement district worked with Katz’s office to determine how best to use the funding. The money will be distributed by various city agencies, the borough president said.

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