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Friday, June 12, 2015

MARK Project will help Pine Hill and Phoenicia

Article in Daily Freeman:

The hamlet of Pine Hill is in the Ulster County town of Shandaken. Photo by Tony Adamis
SHANDAKEN >> The town of has taken steps to get financial help from the MARK Project for two hamlets.

At the June meeting of the Shandaken Town Board, MARK Executive Director Peg Ellsworth asked for and received full support from the four board members present. That support allows MARK to take a more regional approach to fundraising for Main Street revitalization projects.

Ellsworth said that, in the past, such projects were isolated efforts that benefited one town at a time. But now, MARK will prepare a truly regional proposal for a territory that not only crosses town lines but also the border of Ulster and Delaware counties.

MARK is preparing a grant application for costs associated with a regional NY Main Street Façade Program. MARK will propose to assist at least four mixed-use or commercial structures in Grand Gorge, Arkville, Halcottsville, Margaretville, Fleischmanns, Andes, Pine Hill and Roxbury. If successful, MARK will allocate up to $15,000 per façade and up to $75,000 to help fund an “anchor activity.”

Also, Shandaken Supervisor Rob Stanley has asked MARK to prepare a grant application for the Phoenicia Water District to secure funds for four separate projects: the connection of a water main on upper High Street, relocating a pump station out of the Esopus Creek floodway, reclaiming an infiltration gallery and installing a third filtration pump for Phoenicia’s water system.

Ellsworth said MARK would prepare the grant application at a cost of $3,500. It must be submitted by July 31.

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