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Smith Gets $50,000 For Shopping Center

Smith Gets $50,000 For Shopping Center

This week State Senator Malcolm A. Smith announced the Empire State Development Corporation’s recent approval of a $50,000 grant to use in revitalization efforts in Far Rockaway. Specifically, the monies will fund a shopping center predevelopment project to study to commercial redevelopment of an existing plaza.

"I am so pleased that this grant has been approved," Senator Smith said. "The proposed project will be located at 20-02 Mott Avenue, which is the heart of the Far Rockaway commercial district. It would be an understatement to say that we need some serious economic development in this area, and this is a great first step in that direction."

According to the Queens lawmaker, the Rockaway Development and Revitalization Corporation (RDRC), a not-for-profit local development corporation charged with revitalizing the economic conditions with the Rockaway community, will administer the funds. Ordinarily, RDRC provides help with financing, site location, project development and other advocacy services to nearly 3,000 businesses.

For this particular project, RDRC has proposed creating a modern shopping complex at the current abandoned site of the Rockaway Shopping Center.

"The existing buildings on this property are underutilized," stated the Senator. "If we redevelop them into retail and service businesses, I am confident that we can expect that jobs for local residents and additional growth will follow."

The Senator went on to laud his colleagues in the State Assembly for their part.

"I am so proud of the teamwork involved in securing these funds," said Smith, referring to the Senate and Assembly working together. "It was a pleasure working with my Queens counterparts, Assemblywoman Pheffer and Assemblywoman Pauline Rhodd-Cummings, in making sure the plan came to fruition."

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