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Caldwell Gets Grant for Parking Ramp

Essex County announces recipients of Community Development Block Grants.

Caldwell and West Caldwell are among 16 municipalities in Essex County to receive Community Development Block Grants (CDBG), according to an announcement made Tuesday by County Executive Joseph DiVincenzo Jr.

Caldwell will receive $56,011 to install an ADA-compliant ramp from the municipal parking deck at Provost Square to the Caldwell Public Library.

West Caldwell will receive $49,596 to install ADA-compliant pedestrian curb ramps in various locations around town.

The Bridge, based in Caldwell, is one of 32 non-profit community organizations to be awarded CDBG funds. The behavioral health counseling agency will receive $18,000. 

A total of $4.4 million was distributed Tuesday through the CDBG program, which is funded through the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development and administered by the Essex County Division of Housing and Community Development.

“Programs supported through the CDBG programs are direct investments to provide services that enhance our quality of life and help stabilize our neighborhoods by modernizing our infrastructure,” DiVincenzo stated in a release.

“These federal grants enable us to upgrade our sidewalks and roads, enhance handicap access, address mental health needs, support food pantries and stimulate economic development in our downtown commercial areas,” he added.

North Caldwell did not submit an application, according to the county.

Michael January 30, 2013 at 01:54 PM
oooh oooh free money!!! oooh oooh can I have some!?! its free right? it comes out of thin air right? oh I just can't wait to use the ADA-Compliant curbing. It will increase library and community center memberships by at least 25%. Oh I am so excited, this means the businesses on the ave will have less people tripping all over the place rushing in to buy things. Joseph DiVincenzo Jr, thank you for spending millions on all the parks, and curbing, thank you for stealing property from the reservations in west orange to put up private businesses from the politically connected lewellyn park club. I just can't help gush over all this money Joseph is taking out of his pocket to give to us poor people whom cant seem to walk in a park without million dollar cork bedding, or rubber mulch, with hot plastic swing sets. Wonder why our taxes haven't gone down!?!
Nitsuj February 02, 2013 at 02:40 AM
Easy for you to say if you are not in a wheelchair or have to carry a cane.

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