Jay nearing grant's end phase

JAY-The town of Jay is currently wrapping up the end phase of the $200,000 matching grant awarded by the NYS Office of Community Renewal to improve its Main Street business district and streetscape.

The town's "NY Main Street Application Summary" was finalized and mailed on March 24, 2008 by the Essex County Housing Assistance Program (HAPEC) office and since then the town's target area of the central business district has seen a positive transformation.

Over the last two years, entrepreneurs of storefronts and apartment buildings within the scope of the application were offered an opportunity to secure a portion of the matching grant the town of Jay received, as well as the Apartment Housing Rehabilitation Grants secured through HAPEC for Essex County.

Town of Jay Supervisor Randy Douglas said, "In 2005, the Town Board and I appointed a Revitalization Committee to compile the wants and needs of our community. The newly formed committee (which meets on a monthly basis) consisted of business owners, residents, appointed and elected officials from both the town(s) of Black Brook in Clinton County and Jay in Essex County."

The town of Jay, in conjunction with HAPEC, initiated the first phase of the Au Sable Forks Downtown Revitalization Plan and acquired the necessary Technical Assistance Grant of $15,000 from the then Governor's Office of Small Cities. The Town of Jay hired Barton & Loguidice, P.C. (B&L), to develop a conceptual plan for the revitalization of Au Sable Fork Downtown, translating the town's vision into a graphic design and accompanying narrative.

This conceptual plan is now used as an integral part of the revitalization grant applications submitted to state and federal funding agencies by the town of Jay, the Essex County Planning Office and HAPEC. Even former Governor Elliot Spitzer was caught on camera holding the "Town of Jay Au Sable Forks Downtown Revitalization Plan" in his hand after meeting with Supervisor Douglas, which ran in numerous newspapers.

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