$23K Community Development Grant for Moonachie
Funding Will Make Bus Stop and Crosswalk Barrier Free in Maywood; Add Playground Equipment to St. Joseph Street Park in Moonachie
Hackensack, N.J. – Bergen County Executive Jim Tedesco and the Bergen County Board of Chosen Freeholders have announced that nearly $43,000 in grant funding for pedestrian handicapped accessibility improvements has been approved for the Borough of Maywood as adopted by the Freeholder Board at their meeting on Wednesday, May 16. In addition, $23,000 in grant funding was approved for the Borough of Moonachie.
Under the grant, Maywood will receive $42,916 to renovate the intersection of West Passaic Street and Palmer Avenue (located along West Passaic Street about halfway between Maywood Avenue and Spring Valley Road) to become barrier free. The upgrades will include revamping sidewalks; installation of ADA curb cuts with detectable warning surfaces; re-striping the crosswalk to promote pedestrian safety; new signage; and Bus Stop enhancements.
“Bergen County is always looking for ways to help municipalities improve their infrastructure for the benefit of our communities,” said County Executive Tedesco. “These community development funds will go a long way toward helping residents enjoy their parks, increase public safety and improve quality of life.”
“I’m pleased and proud that municipalities and county officials continue to work hand-in-hand to identify and procure funding for projects like these,” said Freeholder Chairman Tom Sullivan. “It’s long been our mission to increase access to public spaces throughout the county, and Bergen County residents will greatly benefit from these exciting enhancements.”
Moonachie will receive $23,000 to improve the playground at St. Joseph Street Park. A steel beam swing set will be installed that provides six new swings that include both tot and ADA-compliant seats to expand accessibility to toddlers and those with special needs. After stripping, excavation, and restoration of the site, a wheelchair-accessible ramp leading to the swing set will also be installed. Safety surfaces in the area of the swings will be laid in addition to an asphalt extension to existing walkways. Two additional benches will be placed near the swings.The source of funds is Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) funding from the US Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) which is administered by the Bergen County Division on Community Development. The Bergen County Division of Community Development’s mission is to collaborate with towns, agencies, and citizens to improve Bergen County’s quality of life by using federal grant funding to advance key initiatives that revitalize neighborhood roads and facilities, build local economies, bolster social services, upgrade housing, and create access and opportunity for those in need.