Amityville Village puts a front on the table, allocating 0 million in business grants
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Amityville Village puts a front on the table, allocating $400 million in business grants

Eight Amityville businesses will receive $400,000 in state funds to repaint their facades as part of a $10 million downtown improvement plan.

In January 2022, New York state awarded Amityville $10 million through its Downtown Revitalization Initiative and last year approved 11 projects, including the facade program.

Village officials and business district leaders say the businesses chosen for facade renovations are in key locations and refreshing their appearance will attract people to the city center.

The Amityville Music Hall, a concert venue, and the New China restaurant received the most funding, at $76,700 each. The Music Hall is replacing windows and installing a new awning, among other ongoing renovations. The restaurant will stand out as a focal point in the downtown area with new moldings and paneling, said Village Mayor Dennis Siry.

“It’s kind of like putting a new coat of paint on everything,” Siry said. “It’s judging a book by its cover, but sometimes a book cover catches your eye and makes you want to read it.”

The state has allocated another $200,000 for the facade program, including $100,000 for murals, $40,000 in fees for architectural firms and $60,000 for Vision Long Island, the Northport nonprofit that oversees the program. Businesses will receive a total of $400,000, which covers about 80% of the facade work. Business owners will pay 20% of the cost.

With $10 million to spend, officials have earmarked more than $5 million for traffic-calming measures on busy Broadway, a rural section of Route 110, and other improvements aimed at improving pedestrian safety.

The state implemented the Downtown Revitalization Initiative in 2016 and awarded funding to Long Island communities with urban centers, including Westbury, Hicksville, Baldwin and Central Islip. Eight businesses were selected from a pool of 17 that qualified for the grants.

A committee made up of representatives of the village authorities and residents assessed the applications, taking into account not only the location of each enterprise, but also the impact of the modernisation on the rest of the town centre.

“These eight projects scattered throughout the downtown area will change the look a little bit,” said Elissa Kyle, director of landscaping for Vision Long Island. “By lifting the ones that are very visible and making them look nice, maybe those in between will be positively motivated to put a little extra effort into their appearance.”

Amityville Music Hall owner Daniel Valentino, 40, said the venue reopened this week after more than six months of work on the interior. He said the company was preparing to start work on the exterior when the grant arrived.

“This place really needed a facelift. It wasn’t very inviting before,” he said. “This worked out perfectly for us.”