Thanks to a $4.5 million investment from the Governor’s Office of Storm Resiliency (GOSR), the neglected corridor will now receive improvements to community public spaces and investment to help stimulate the local economy.
Structural improvements include drainage improvements to reduce ponding at several intersections, LED streetlights with backup power in case of power outages, new signage, gutters, bike lanes, benches and bike racks.
“Drawing on the strengths and opportunities of each community, our NY Rising Community Reconstruction Program presents endless opportunities for recovery, resiliency and growth,” said Jamie Rubin, executive director of Storm Recovery. “The Mott Avenue Corridor Project serves as an example of our efforts, and will serve to improve and strengthen Far Rockaway.”
Since the storm, there have been more than 600 project proposals totaling nearly $800 million from the nearly 500 communities participating in the program throughout the state.
"This funding will not only help our struggling small businesses in the Mott Avenue corridor, but it will boost Rockaway's economy and help all neighborhood small businesses get back on their feet post-Sandy," said Assemblyman Phil Goldfeder.
“The Rockaway East NY Rising Committee thanks Governor Cuomo for giving the community the opportunity to advocate and fund this project,” said committee co-chair Al Moore. “Coupled with the other proposed resiliency projects, such as a network of recovery centers, these improvements will help our neighborhood build back stronger.”