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Mamaroneck Receives Grant to Plan Growth

MAMARONECK, N.Y. – A competitive $38,500 grant recently awarded to the Village of Mamaroneck will allow officials to plan development of the Washingtonville area between the Mamaroneck train station and I-95, potentially expanding the downtown business area.

The village was one of four municipalities that received money from the Tri-State Transportation Campaign and One Region Funders’ Group, two organizations that work together to advocate for regional mass transportation in the tri-state area and related planning in neighborhoods surrounding transportation hubs.

“Through community meetings and zoning law reviews, we will now be able to plan development and new construction and zoning laws to guide the village on how to grow,” said Mayor Norman Rosenblum.  “Any community that does not continue to grow will atrophy, and we want growth without changing the character of our village while determining how it will affect the future and vitality of Mamaroneck.”

Veronica Vanterpool, associate director of the Tri-State Transportation Campaign, told the village Board of Trustees at its Tuesday meeting that its application was “a standout in the tri-state region because of your strong collaborative relationship with the Washingtonville Housing Alliance.”

She was joined by Catherine Marsh, executive director of One Region Funders’ Group, and Jeremy Ingpen, executive director of the Washingtonville Housing Alliance, in a presentation to board members. The alliance provides assistance with housing to low- and middle-income families in Mamaroneck and Larchmont.

Vanterpool said more than 90 municipalities have applied for grants from her organization since 2009. About $275,000 has been awarded to communities to help them identify and plan their growth needs, she said.

Rosenblum said future growth in the village will increase the tax base and diversity in the village.

“This will help put forth ideas for developers and the village itself on how to grow,” he said.

The other awards were $48,000 to the Norwalk Redevelopment Agency in Connecticut; $44,500 to the Town of Brookhaven on Long Island; and $14,000 for the Flushing Willets Point Corona Local Development Corp. in Queens.

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