Riverhead wins state downtown jobs creation grants

BARBARAELLEN KOCH FILE PHOTO | The Town of Riverhead will receive $250,000 worth of state grants, according to Senator Ken LaValle.

The Town of Riverhead has received a quarter million dollars in state grants to support job-creating projects, which officials say will be invested in improving commercial and residential properties in the Main Street area.

The Crescent Duck Farm in Aquebogue will also receive $250,000 to add a state-of-the-art hatchery complying with new U.S. Food and Drug Administration regulations and East End Arts is in line for $90,000 toward the creation of the “Building Bridges Long Island” project designed, in part, to tie the cultural community to regional economic planning.

The East End Tourism Alliance will receive  $335,000 to add locally grown food, wine and seafood to its East End marketing efforts.

Riverhead could use the grant funds toward converting part of the old Woolworth building on East Main Street into apartments, said Supervisor Sean Walter.

“This is a wonderful thing for downtown,” the supervisor said, “It provides economic incentives for investors who might not otherwise come to Riverhead.”

The grants are part of the $738 million awarded state-wide through state Regional Economic Development Councils for 725 projects. The money comes through the state’s New York Main Street program.

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